The NHL has suspended Sharks forward Ryane Clowe for two games after taking part in a fight in the closing moments of Friday’s loss at the Blackhawks.
Clowe was given a game misconduct by the game officials after they believed that Clowe illegally left the bench to instigate a fight with Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw, which would have been grounds for a 10-game suspension.
However, upon an over-the-phone hearing with Clowe and the Sharks on Monday and further review of the video evidence, the league determined that he came on the ice on a legal line change.
However, Clowe still isn’t immune from discipline. From the league office:
[U]pon [the line change], he skated directly to Shaw, who was not engaged physically with any other player. Clowe then grabbed Shaw and wrestled him to the ice.
Rule 70.2 states, in part: “A player who has entered play while play is in progress from his own players’ bench…who starts an altercation may be subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 — Supplementary Discipline.”
Clowe will only need to miss Tuesday’s home game vs. the Avalanche after already sitting out the Sharks’ loss on Saturday to the Stars while being suspended pending Monday’s hearing. He’ll be eligible to return Thursday vs. the Red Wings.
Here’s the official video from the league explaining its decision: