Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews has been suspended for two games by the NHL for his cross-check on Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Dahlin during Sunday’s Hertitage Classic in Hamilton, Ontario. He was also fined just over $116,000 for the infraction.
The Sabres won the matchup 5-2.
The suspension ruling comes as a result of hearing today by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. This is Matthews’ first suspension by the NHL as he has never faced disciplined by the league.
A fifth-year veteran with the Maple Leafs, he is on pace to having another career-year with the organization. He scored his 45th goal of the season during Sunday’s Heritage Classic and is on pace to shatter his career-high of 47 that he set last year. He also has 32 assists to give him 77 points on the year.
Toronto is currently 37-17-5 for the year, sitting third in the Atlantic division behind Florida and Tampa Bay.