UPDATE: The sentence is in; Sergachev will be suspended two games.
Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev has been suspended for two games for an Illegal Check to the Head on Toronto’s Mitchell Marner. https://t.co/iwkm4hVfQW— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 5, 2021
Tampa Bay’s Mikhail Sergachev will have a hearing today for an Illegal Check to the Head on Toronto’s Mitchell Marner.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 5, 2021
In Thursday’s game against the Lightning, Mitch Marner got a breakaway, was illegally impeded by Victor Hedman, who was going to get a penalty, or maybe even provoke a call for a penalty shot, when Mikhail Sergachev came in with the finishing blow:
Sergachev catches Marner in the head— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) November 4, 2021
Bad hit pic.twitter.com/lfcTUBVHts
Sergachev was assessed two minutes for an illegal hit to the head. At the time, Jon Cooper complained that Marner stayed on the ice for the power play after a head hit, which is frankly a valid question.
Marner on the Sergachev hit: "It's obviously something you don't want happening in games; Hopefully it gets out of the game but it's a fast-paced game out there. Stuff happens quickly."— David Alter (@dalter) November 5, 2021
Tavares on the Sergachev hit on Marner: "I didn't like it at all. I thought Mitchy was pretty exposed and no way to really protect himself. I just didn't like it at all, he hit him right in the head."— David Alter (@dalter) November 5, 2021
We’ll likely hear back on this quickly, as Player Safety has been doing phone hearings the same day.