The first incident of note came when Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic appeared to spear Senators blueliner Erik Karlsson.
The league had a look at it and Vlasic came out with a fine of $5,000, the maximum allowable under the current collective bargaining agreement. The official word on the fine is that it’s for “dangerous use of the stick.” The money will go to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
The second incident of note from Wednesday night’s game came in the third period, when Senators forward Mike Hoffman was rattled by a Logan Couture hit and retaliated with a cross-check to the back of Couture’s head.
The 27-year-old was tagged with a major penalty and a game misconduct and a telephone hearing was announced for Friday afternoon, which resulted in a two-game suspension.
Along with missing the next two contests, Hoffman will forfeit $57,638.88 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Fund.
“I expect a suspension, but who knows what they’re going to do,” Couture said of the incident. “We’ll see. I’m extremely lucky I’m not very, very badly hurt…It looked like he intended to injure me, so I hope he gets suspended.”
Couture was put through the concussion protocol after he was helped off the ice following the hit. He was cleared to play, but it was too late to return to the game.
Hoffman has 21 points in 28 games for the Senators and has been playing good hockey for the team this season. He has 10 points, including five goals, on the power play and is on pace for one of the best seasons of his young career.
In 214 career games, Hoffman has 134 points.
Vlasic has seven points in 29 games for the Sharks and has been with the team since his debut in 2006-2007. In 766 games, all with San Jose, the defenceman has 233 points – including 50 goals.