Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov barred 1 game for high-sticking Canucks’ Burroughs

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Washington Capitals ahead Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended one game with out pay for high-sticking Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kyle Burroughs on Tuesday.

The incident occurred at 16:40 of the second interval within the Capitals 6-4 win on Monday.

The two collided after Kuznetsov missed on a scoring probability in entrance of the web. Burroughs had misplaced his stick and pushed the ahead away from the puck as he was getting again up. Kuznetsov then swung his stick and struck Burroughs within the face.

Burroughs instantly fell to the ice clutching his face however prevented critical harm.

Kuznetsov was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking throughout the game.

The centre had a listening to with the NHL earlier Tuesday earlier than the suspension was handed to him.

In a video asserting the suspension, the league referred to as it “an intentional stick swing towards an opponent that makes excessive contact” and mentioned the purposeful nature of the swing and the place it landed on Burroughs made it rise to the extent of a suspension.

The 30-year-old from Chelyabinsk, Russia, will now miss Washington’s upcoming game Thursday at Ottawa and forfeit $42,162 US in wage. He’s eligible to return Saturday towards Los Angeles.

This is Kuznetsov’s fourth run-in with the league. He was fined $2,000 for diving in 2017, suspended three video games for off-ice conduct in 2019 and fined $5,000 for high-sticking final season.

Kuznetsov had three assists towards Vancouver and trails solely Alex Ovechkin in factors amongst Capitals gamers.

Nichushkin doping case dropped, Russia says

A years-old doping case towards Colorado Avalanche ahead Valeri Nichushkin has been dropped by the International Ice Hockey Federation, the Russian Hockey Federation mentioned on Tuesday.

The RHF mentioned “the IIHF knowledgeable Nichushkin that each one fees towards the participant have been dropped” and it could not try and droop him. The RHF mentioned this adopted “the outcomes of further analyses” at a drug-testing laboratory in Switzerland.

The IIHF didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Nichushkin was one of many Avalanche’s prime gamers on their Stanley Cup run final season. He then signed an eight-year, $49-million US contract to stay with Colorado long run.

An IIHF sanction wouldn’t have an effect on NHL eligibility.

In November 2021, RHF govt director Dmitry Kurbatov instructed Russian media the case originated with a specimen Nichushkin gave in 2013. Kurbatov mentioned the World Anti-Doping Agency obtained Nichushkin’s specimen in 2019 from the closed Moscow lab and {that a} banned substance was discovered when it was reanalyzed.

In a July interview with Russian newspaper Sport-Express, Nichushkin mentioned he was instructed {that a} take a look at he gave whereas with Russian membership Traktor Chelyabinsk allegedly contained a suspicious stage of testosterone, and he was accused of hyperlinks to a Russian doping cover-up scheme. He mentioned he was combating the allegations.

Kings’ Iafallo out with lower-body harm

The Los Angeles Kings positioned ahead Alex Iafallo on injured reserve with a lower-body harm.

Iafallo, 28, was injured throughout the 5-4 win Monday over the host Detroit Red Wings.

He prolonged his season-opening level streak (two objectives, three assists) to 4 video games earlier than leaving late within the third interval, aiding on Gabriel Vilardi’s first-period purpose.

That additionally marked the a hundredth profession help for Iafallo, who additionally has 73 objectives in 365 video games since making his NHL debut with Los Angeles in 2017.

The Kings recalled defenceman Jacob Moverare from the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League.

Moverare, 24, made his NHL debut final season and contributed two assists in 19 video games with Los Angeles.

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