Johan Larsson, Arizona Coyotes striker, has been hit with a suspension of two games without pay after an illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues striker Zach Sanford on Friday, according to the NHL Department of Player Safety. The incident intensified just over five minutes into the third period of the game.
Video of the incident shows that Larsson’s hit in the head was considered actionable as Sanford moved with the puck, Larsson moved his body in a way that made the Blues front head the main point of contact during a move where contact was his intention, as the league determined. As contact with the head was avoided outdated, Larsson was subsequently punished.
As the tweet notes, Larsson was also punished in the game itself and received a two-minute penalty for his actions. The terms of the current collective bargaining agreement dictate that the Coyotes player loses $ 24,137.94 $ during his suspension without pay. This money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund, per. Department of Player Safety.
This is Larsson’s first season with Arizona, and in addition to this suspension, he has also scored a goal in the 13 games he has played so far this season. This is the second notable suspension that Larsson has been released with. In 2018, the tip was suspended two games for cross-checks.