Richard Panik suspended 2 games for hit on Caps' Alzner
Lightning rookie right wing Richard Panik was suspended two games by the league for his from-behind hit Tuesday on Capitals defensmean Karl Alzner.
Panik will forfeit $7,589.74, which will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Alzner was not injured on the play with 4:29 left in the second period, and Panik was given a five-minute major penalty for boarding on which the Capitals scored twice.
But the NHL ruled Alzner was in a “vulnerable position” and “at a dangerous distance from the boards” when he was hit, causing “a violent collision with the boards.”
You can see the hit and the NHL's explanation of the suspension here.
Even Panik admitted Tuesday that it was a “bad penalty.”
“I should take a couple more strides and hit him clean and everything will be okay,” Panik said, and added, “Hopefully, it will never happen again.”