Neal Pionk has been suspended two games for his hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Rasmus Sandin.
Neal Pionk has been suspended two games for his hit on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Rasmus Sandin.

Neal Pionk missed a check and stuck out his knee leading to an injury to defenceman Rasmus Sandin. The hit lead to a chippy affair between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets in the 3rd period of Sunday nights game.

The knee-on-knee hit seen in the video below lead to the two game suspension for Pionk.

NHL Player Safety stated, “We acknowledge Pionk’s argument that this is an attempted full-body check, but this play cannot be classified as merely a collision between two players, where one or both move reflexively or defensively at the last moment to avoid contact,” said the department of player safety in a video explaining the punishment.

Video of Neal Pionk knee-on-knee hit to Rasmus Sandin

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