Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has been handed a one-game suspension for swinging his stick at Flyers winger Michael Raffl, the NHL announced Tuesday.
Malkin, who had missed the team’s previous five games with a lower-body injury, was ejected from Pittsburgh’s 4-1 win Monday in the third period.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for one game for High-sticking Philadelphia’s Michael Raffl. https://t.co/ECTGHHVwIC
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) February 12, 2019
“I’m not trying to hit his face. … I know it’s dirty, but I missed,” Malkin said about the play, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He just like dived and the referee give me five minutes. [He wasn’t] injured, not bleeding, nothing.
“I don’t know why I’m not playing smart with five minutes left. I know it’s scary, but I didn’t touch his helmet or his shoulder. I gave them a five-minute power play. It’s my fault, for sure.”
Malkin gets punched. Swings his stick at Raffl.
Match penalty. pic.twitter.com/5D3s4TUufS
— hockeyfights (@hockeyfights) February 12, 2019
The three-time All-Star will miss Pittsburgh’s game against the Oilers on Wednesday. His 56 points give him the team’s third highest total in 2018-19.
Pittsburgh is 29-20-7 and enters play Tuesday in fourth place of the Metropolitan Division.