PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for one game for high-sticking Philadelphia Flyers forward Michael Raffl in Monday’s game.
Malkin was given a match penalty for swinging a stick at the head of Raffl at the end of the game Monday night.
“Evgeni Malkin was ejected for swinging his stick at the head of a Philadelphia Flyers player”
“I’m not trying to hit his face. … I know it’s dirty, but I missed,” Malkin said. “He just like dived and the referee give me five minutes.”
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for one game for High-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl. https://t.co/ECTGHHVwIC
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After the play and ejection, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Malkin would have a hearing Tuesday afternoon.
“Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin will have a hearing Tuesday for High-sticking/Slashing Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl.”
The Penguins went on to win the game 4-1 over the Flyers, who were 9-0-1 in the last 10 heading into the game.