Devils’ Holik Suspended for 2 Games
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The NHL on Tuesday suspended New Jersey Devils center Bobby Holik for two games after finding he tripped Florida Panthers defenseman Paul Laus.
Holik, who had been suspended after Saturday’s game pending Tuesday’s hearing on the ``slew footing″ charge, missed Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay and will also miss Wednesday’s game against Montreal.
He was also fined the maximum $1,000 by the league, which determined that ``Holik flipped Laus backward onto the ice by knocking Laus’ feet out from under him.″
Holik, while maintaining ``there was no kicking feet from under the Florida player,″ refused to comment on the league’s decision.
Instead, Holik and Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello praised NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell for giving them time to present their case.
``That’s all we can ask. I don’t ever think it’s fair when a player gets suspended, but to say that this isn’t fair is not the right comment,″ Lamoriello said.
The suspension is Holik’s first in more than 500 NHL games.
Holik received a high-sticking penalty for the incident, which happened at 19:09 of the second period. The Devils won 4-3.