Jagr to miss Wednesday's Leafs-Flames game with lower-body injury

Annette Crawford
December 7, 2017

Calgary's resident NHL nuisance will sit out one game for "unsportsmanlike conduct" after prodding Maple Leafs forward Matt Martin with the blade end of his stick from the Flames' bench Wednesday, the league's Department of Player Safety announced.

The Flames are back in action Thursday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Tkachuk is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, will forfeit $11,280.49.

Martin said after the game that he didn't feel the spear, but called the incident "child's play" and said if Tkachuk was going to do something like that he "may as well make it count and try to hurt somebody". He didn't speak to reporters after the game.

Tkachuk was standing inside the Calgary bench when a scrum broke out between Martin and several other players from both teams.

Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs (18-10-1), who won for the 10th time in their past 14 games. "You've got to give Tkachuk credit, he played a good game, he played hard".

Tkachuk, who wasn't penalized on the play, was suspended on November 17 for a similar incident.

Tkachuk was already considered a repeat offender after receiving a two-game suspension for elbowing L.A. Kings defenceman Drew Doughty previous year in his rookie season.

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