Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter has been suspended two games for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie.
No penalty was called on the play, which happened at 4:22 of the second period. Referees for the games were Kevin Pollock and Tim Peel. The duo called just three minor penalties in the game, all in the second period.
“I reached for the puck and kind of poked it and then… I hope he’s alright obviously,” Suter said after the game. “That’s not the type of player I am. It was kind of a fluky thing. He kind of just brushed my arm, my elbow as he went by. I poked for [the puck] and then I went to get my stick. I just hope he’s alright. That’s not the type of player I am. I personally never want to see anyone get hurt.”
Downie did not return to the game. He underwent concussion protocol and reported no concussion-like symptoms following the hit. His status has not been determined for the Penguins’ next game, Friday against the Islanders.
Downie opted not to weigh in on whether the elbow was suspension-worthy.
“That’s for the league to [decide], not for me,” Downie said. “I’m not going sit here and talk about Suter. I know he apologized to me, which was nice of him. That’s all I have to say.”
Here’s the league’s verdict on the play:
Suter will forfeit $81,058 of salary during his suspension.