Florida Panthers blueliner Mike Matheson has been suspended for two games for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct against Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson.
The incident occurred during the third period of Saturday’s game between the Panthers and Canucks in Florida. Pettersson went to retrieve the puck in the corner and was thrown to the ice by the much bigger Florida player.
Here’s a look at the sequence:
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Matheson had a hearing hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety earlier Monday. His two-game suspension will be without pay.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Matheson will forfeit $52,419.36. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Pettersson suffered a concussion on the play and will miss at least 7-10 days. The 19-year-old Swedish phenom is having a fantastic start to his NHL career with five goals and eight points through five games.
The Canucks and Panthers next meet January 13th at Rogers Arena.