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Lightning’s Mikhail Sergachev suspended two games

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev has been suspended two games for his illegal check to the head of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitch Marner, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Friday.

Sergachev was assessed a two-minute penalty for his hit late in the first period of Tampa Bay’s 2-1 overtime loss to Toronto on Thursday. Marner, who was not injured on the play, finished two assists in the game.

“I thought Mitchy was pretty exposed, no chance to really protect himself or see it coming,” said Maple Leafs captain John Tavares. “Just didn’t like it at all. Hit him right in the head.

“We want that stuff out of our game. (A suspension) certainly should at least be talked about.”

Sergachev, 23, has recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in 10 games this season. He has 142 points (31 goals, 111 assists) in 294 career games with the Canadiens and Lightning since being selected by Montreal with the ninth overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media

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