The NHL Department of Player Safety announced today that Colorado Avalanche forward and captain Gabriel Landeskog is suspended for two games as a result of his blindside hit on Boston’s Brad Marchand. Landeskog was given a five minute major and ejected from the game. Marchand would go on to punch Landeskog in the face as Landeskog was allegedly trying to apologize to Marchand following the hit. Marchand was penalized two minutes and fined $5,000 and faces no further discipline.

The Landeskog suspension marks the second time an Avalanche player has been suspended this season as Tyson Barrie was suspended three games earlier in the year. Landeskog will miss Saturday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens and next Tuesday’s game at the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Department of Player Safety video explaining its decision in detail can be found below.

AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later.

Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.

  • Dennis D. Best

    I don’t like the call, but it’s the correct call. Thanks for getting the news out so quick!