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NHL: Jordan Binnington suspended two games by the Department of Player Safety

St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been suspended two games by the NHL after a telephone hearing with the Department of Player Safety for misconduct in an 8-5 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night.

Binnington was ejected from the game for hitting Ryan Hartman as the Wild forward was celebrating a goal.

Binnington approached Hartman, who had just scored on the power play to give the Wild a 5-4 lead in the second period, and tried to hit him in the head with his blocker as he didn’t expect it.

Wild goaltender Marc-André Fleury ran the length of the ice to challenge Binnington, but both goaltenders were held off by officials and unable to engage.

In its explainer video, the Department of Player Safety mentions that Binnington’s actions represent acts of rudeness and unsportsmanlike conduct.

Binnington will lose US$64,864.86 in salary. This amount will be donated to the players’ emergency fund.

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