Нижний Новгород (18:00)
It has been an unusually busy Monday for the KHL Disciplinary Committee, which was requested to study no fewer than six incidents from three recent matches in the Championship. Following these investigations, four players and two coaches are facing enforced layoffs ranging from one to three games.
In the 11th minute of Friday’s match in Ufa between Salavat Yulaev and Dynamo Moscow, visiting defenseman Yakov Rylov was given a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for causing injury by checking to the head and neck area. After reviewing the available evidence, the Committee upheld the referee’s decision. As a result, Rylov receives a fine and a two-game suspension.
The Committee then turned its attention to three incidents from Saturday’s match in Novosibirsk between Sibir and Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk.
The 9th-minute major plus game misconduct penalty for high sticking imposed on Neftekhimik forward Eduard Gimatov remains in force, and he has been handed a fine and a one-game suspension.
In the 16th minute, Nizhnekamsk head coach Andrei Nazarov picked up a game misconduct for unsporting behavior and abuse of match officials, and has been punished for this offense with a fine and a three-game suspension.
Finally, in the 35th minute, Neftekhimik forward Nikita Kvartalnov received a minor penalty (2 minutes) for interference. The Committee ruled that Kvartalnov was guilty of the more serious offense of injuring an opponent by checking from behind, for which he receives a major plus game misconduct penalty, a fine, and a two-game suspension.
The two remaining episodes took place during Saturday’s match in Nizhny Novgorod between Torpedo and Dinamo Minsk.
In the 20th minute, home defenseman Maxim Osipov incurred a major plus game misconduct for kneeing and injuring an opponent. The Committee decided the punishment was just, and consequently Osipov has been fined and suspended for one game.
The incident triggered an angry response from Torpedo head coach Peteris Skudra, for which he received a game misconduct for unsporting behavior and abuse of match officials. The Latvian specialist must now pay a fine and serve a two-game suspension.