He'd never missed a game, but now he'll sit for two thanks to a high hit on Adrian Kempe. Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano's iron man streak has ended at 830 games, even though he's in perfect health, and he has no one to blame but himself, unfortunately. Saturday night's game between the Ducks and division rival Los Angeles Kings was a chippy one. Three fights broke out before the game had even reached its three-minute mark and, just a minute after those bouts, Cogliano caught Kings left winger Adrian Kempe with this high hit. It wasn't the most forceful blow, but (a) it was an illegal check to the head; (b) it was interference, as Kempe was nowhere near the puck; and (c) narrative matters in this case. That the blow came right after violence had broken out between the two teams makes it especially incriminating for Cogliano. And so, despite the fact he's never been suspended and that Kempe stayed in the game, the league handed Cogliano a two-game suspension Sunday. A reminder: being a repeat offender or injuring player never impacts whether a player is suspended. Both factors only influence the length of a suspension – after a decision has been made to suspend a player in the first place.
Ducks' Cogliano suspended 2 games for hit on Kings' Kempe
The Hockey News | Jan 14