Johan Larsson didn't mean to hit Vincent Trocheck in the face with his stick. The NHL Department of Player Safety doesn't care. It just knows that he did.

As a result, the Buffalo Sabres center will serve a two-game suspension.

The league's disciplinary arm announced the penalty Friday after a hearing with Larsson. The center earned a five-minute cross-checking major and a match penalty for intent to injure after hitting Florida's Trocheck late in Thursday's game.

"It is important to note that we understand Larsson's argument that he was not aiming for Trocheck's head, and we acknowledge the stick did ride up Trocheck's shoulder pad before making contact with Trocheck's head," the Department of Player Safety said in a video announcing the suspension.

"However, this is not a case in which a stick rides up unintentionally while a player is attempting to make an otherwise legal play such as establishing body position or while making a play on the puck. This is not a hockey play."

The league also took into account the physical nature of Thursday's contest, which featured 66 penalty minutes in the final 2:01 of play.