The hits just keep on coming. So do the suspensions.
Player Safety has been busy through the first 20 games of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. With suspensions already issued to Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov and Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, the league has levied its latest ban on San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.
Thornton has been suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward Tomas Nosek. Thornton was given a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head by referees Jon McIsaac and Marc Joannette. The hit took place with 3:06 to play in the second period of an eventual 6-3 Vegas victory.