Milan Lucic Suspended By NHL For Sucker-Punching Kevin Connauton (Video)


Milan Lucic took out some frustrations late in the Los Angeles Kings’ 3-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Now he’ll have a little extra time to blow off some steam.

The former Boston Bruins forward retaliated against Coyotes defenseman Kevin Connauton on Saturday night after the latter served Lucic a slash to the wrist in the slot.

Lucic’s retaliation came in the form of a blind-side sucker punch to Connauton. Lucic had a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday and was suspended one game for his actions.

The full description, including video of the incident, is in the video below.

For his part, Lucic was ejected following the blow and expressed disappointment in that call following the game.

“I mean, if I don?t react, I don?t think he even calls a penalty. Same guy — (referee) Brad Meier,” Lucic told LA Kings Insider’s Jon Rosen, via Yahoo! Sports. “I think this is the fourth time he?s kicked me out of a game. It?s always the same thing with him. It?s if guys can take liberties on me and it?s not a penalty. If I do something, then I?m automatically kicked out of the game. It?s just unfortunate that it is that way with him, and I?ve just got to move on and not get frustrated by the referees in the game.”

Lucic also reportedly had X-rays on his wrist, which came back negative, but he said his entire hand went numb at one point, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Thumbnail photo via Matt Kartozian/USA TODAY Sports Images

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