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Capitals’ Kuznetsov suspended one game for high-sticking Kyle Burroughs

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Photo credit:Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
David Quadrelli
1 month ago
Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended one game for his vicious high stick on Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kyle Burroughs last night.
The NHL announced the suspension Tuesday morning.
In their explanation video, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety said of their decision:
Kuznetsov takes the puck to the net to try to create a scoring chance with Burroughs defending at the far goalpost. The two collide as Kuznnetsov comes across the goal mouth, with Burroughs losing his stick as Kuznetsov falling to the ice.
As Kuznetsov gets back to his feet, he pulls back his stick and swings it purposefully at Burroughs, making contact with his face. This is high sticking. It is important to note that this is not a careless use of the stick. Rather, this is an intentional stick swinging towards an opponent that makes high contact.
While we recognize Kuznetsov’s assertion that he did not intend to hit Burroughs so high, players are accountable for their stick at all times. What causes this play to rise to the level of supplemental discipline is the purposeful nature of the swing and the location where it lands on the opponent.
The Canucks picked up their third straight loss of the new season last night in Washington, and will face the also-winless Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

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