Flames Forward Matthew Tkachuk Suspended for 2 Games


Matthew Tkachuk will sit for two games after the NHL's Department of Player Safety suspended the Calgary Flames rookie for elbowing Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings Sunday night.

Doughty called him a "pretty dirty player" after the game and noted the two seem to find one another often when on the ice together. I don't know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me.

The play occurred late in the first period of Sunday's game between the Flames and Kings.

To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising, ” Doughty told L.A. Kings Insider after Sundays 5-2 loss to the Flames at the Saddledome.

In Sunday night's win over the Los Angeles Kings, he earned his 11th consecutive victory to tie Mike Vernon (Jan. 17 - February 27, 1989) for the longest such run by a goaltender in franchise history. "Whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it's going to hurt for a little bit".

After slowly getting to his feet, Doughty did return in the second period.

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The 19-year-old Tkachuk will forfeit US$10,277.78 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, based on his average annual salary.

Tkachuk will miss Calgary's upcoming games Tuesday at the Washington Capitals and Thursday at the Nashville Predators.

Following the game, Doughty was steamed. In its explanation, the league cited Tkachuk's "reckless nature" during the play to warrant his first NHL suspension.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: elbowing.

In addition to 13 goals and 46 points so far, he has racked up 96 penalty minutes – tops among Flames and the eighth-highest total across the league.