NEW YORK (AP) — Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for high-sticking Columbus’ Matt Calvert in the face Saturday night.

The suspension will cost Bouchard $44,108.

With 1:06 left in the second period in Minnesota’s 4-2 victory, Bouchard hit Calvert in the face with his stick, injuring the Columbus player in the process. Bouchard was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking.

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Comments (5)
  1. BKinMN says:

    Wow…..the NHL is setting the tone. If anybody saw the game last night, it was clearly unintentional. At the faceoff, the Columbus player got his stick under Bouchard’s stick, and raised it, hitting him in the face. Bouchard even dropped his stick after it happened, to show it was not intentional. I agree with the double minor, because it drew blood, but suspended………total BS.

    1. Old Time Hockey. says:

      I see your point but his stick is his responsibility. There is no 2 ways about it. I am a die hard Wild fan and I do agree with ruling. Bouchard is a clean and fair player and couldn’t imagine how he would have done anything like that on purpose. But he does have to answer for it. Could you imagine what an example that would set if they could just hit someone, make it look like an accident and get away with it? Everyone would become actors and it would turn into a free for all.

      1. joy2018 says:

        Did you even watch the game Old Time Hockey? As an avid hockey lover, I agree that your stick is your responsibility. But being on 5’8″ and a mere 180lbs, PMB had no chance on this play. The penalty, yes. But the suspension? Shouldn’t have happened. The guys in Toronto are really setting the tone with this one. Poor call.

        1. Old Time Hockey. says:

          I was there sir. Section 206. I still believe something needed to be done. The guy had like 3 teeth knocked out!!!!

  2. Hockey Fan says:

    WOW is right. I agree w/BKinMN. Bouchard was not at fault here. Too bad. Loved the game, and hope the WILD do great this season. I love the Wild. (and Bouchard will be missed for 2 games)

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