Depending on your point of view, LA’s captain was either responding to a check he was about to receive from Pominville or he threw an illegal elbow at the conclusion of the hit, which took place with 9:56 left in the second period in Minnesota.
Regardless, Brown was summoned by the NHL Department of Player Safety earlier today for a disciplinary hearing (by phone) for elbowing and the NHL has now ruled on the situation…
He’s been suspended for the final two games of the regular season. Full details…
In a related move, the Kings have recalled Tyler Toffoli from Manchester. He is expected to be available in Detroit tonight.
Toffoli, who turned 21 today, has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) in eight games with LA this season. While with the Monarchs, he’s posted 51 points (28goals, 23 assists) in 58 games and was also named the AHL Rookie of the Year.
Finally for a little more flavor on last night’s incident, former NHL referee Kerry Fraser offered his opinions on the situation – saying, ‘Based on Dustin Brown’s actions I would not deem any intent on his part to contact the head of his opponent nor would I assess an elbowing penalty on the play as a result of the body posture and approach that Jason Pominville made in attempting to separate Brown from the puck.‘
For more on Fraser’s views and explanation on the hit, click here.
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