The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel for the rest of the pre-season (three games) following a stick-swinging incident Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Kessel was at the centre of a melee in the third period when Sabres enforcer John Scott attempted to engage the Leafs sniper in a fight. As Kessel's teammates came to the 25-year-old's aid the Leaf player slashed Scott and took a second swing towards the forward's shin. For his part Kessel received both fighting and slashing penalties. The Madison Wisconsin native also received a match penalty for his actions a ruling imposed for a deliberate attempt to injure a player. Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 games on Monday for his part in the brawl for leaving the bench to participate in the altercation.
Leafs' Kessel suspended for rest of pre-season
TSN | Sep 25