The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has handed down a one-game suspension to Czech Republic defenceman Michal Plutnar.
At the conclusion of the second period, Plutnar went after Canadian forward #17 Connor McDavid when McDavid shot the puck into the Czech goal after time expired. While trying to get to McDavid, Plutnar appeared to push Metalnikov to the ice as the linesman attempted to intercede between the two players. He was assessed a roughing penalty at the time as a result of the action.
Upon further review, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel decided that, while it was not the intent of Plutnar to intentionally injure Metalnikov, the player did in fact make deliberate contact to remove him from his position, thus preventing him from doing his job by knocking him to the ice and thus endangering his safety.
Therefore, the Panel decided that additional disciplinary measures should be taken in the form of a one-game suspension, meaning that Plutnar will miss his country’s next preliminary round game on 30 December against Germany.
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