For the second time this season Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk finds himself on the receiving end of discipline from the NHL, as it was announced Thursday afternoon that he has been suspended for one game without pay.
Tkachuk was suspended for his actions during the first period of Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, as he speared Toronto’s Matt Martin with his stick during a scrum in front of the Calgary bench. Martin’s clean hit on Calgary’s Troy Brouwer set off the scrum, with Tkachuk’s actions occurring while he was seated on the Flames bench.
As a result Matthew Tkachuk will sit out Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, and he will forfeit $11,280.49 in salary as well. The money will be donated to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Tkachuk was suspended for one game last month as a result of his actions that sparked a fight during Calgary’s game against Detroit on Nov. 15, as he speared Red Wings defenseman Luke Witkowski.
The forward has appeared in 27 games for the Flames this season, tallying four goals and 13 assists. With an overall plus-minus of minus-4, five of Tkachuk’s 17 points have been scored on the power play, and he’s also racked up 29 penalty minutes. As a rookie in 2016-17 Tkachuk played in 76 games, scoring 48 points (13 goals, 35 assists) with a plus-minus of plus-14 and 105 penalty minutes.
Tkachuk was selected by the Flames with the sixth-overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. His suspension leaves Calgary short an option left wing, with Johnny Gaudreau and Michael Ferland having played just over 21 and 19 minutes, respectively, in Wednesday’s loss to Toronto.