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NHL hands Flames' Tkachuk two-game ban

March 21, 2017 12:05 AM
Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk was suspended for two games by the NHL for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during a Sunday game, the league announced Monday.

There was no penalty called at the time, but Tkachuk and the Kings' Derek Forbort received roughing minors for an altercation that occurred later.

"He's a pretty dirty player, that kid," Doughty said, per Fox Sports. "To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don't know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. ... Whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it's going to hurt for a bit."

Tkachuk has 13 goals and 33 assists in 68 games this season.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Tkachuk will forfeit $10,277.78. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
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