TORONTO — Kings forward Dustin Brown was suspended for one game without pay Sunday for his knee-to-knee hit on Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.
Brown got a five-minute major and a game misconduct at 14:30 of the second period Saturday after taking down Sergachev, who left the game but returned.
Brown had "sufficient time to attempt a legal, full body hit, or allow Sergachev to pass by him untouched," the NHL Department of Player Safety said in announcing its ruling after a hearing. "Instead, he extends his knee to ensure contact will be made in what is a dangerous and unnecessary fashion.
"And while we do not believe that this is a malicious or planned attempt to injure an opponent, the onus remains on the hitter to deliver a legal check."
Brown, who will miss Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes, also will forfeit $31,586.02 in salary. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
This season Brown also was fined $10,000 for cross-checking Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz on Jan. 18. He has been suspended once before in his career, in 2013 for two games for an elbow to the head of Jason Pominville.
Information from LA Kings Insider was used in this report.
Here's the video of the NHL explaining its decision:
Los Angeles' Dustin Brown suspended one game for kneeing Tampa Bay's Mikhail Sergachev. https://t.co/oTx0FHgl8a— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 12, 2018