Ryane Clowe suspended two games for leaving bench, fighting Andrew Shaw

Thearon W. Henderson

The NHL has suspended San Jose's Ryane Clowe for two games after leaving the bench in a game last weekend to fight Chicago's Andrew Shaw.

San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe received a two-game suspension from the NHL on Monday for leaving the bench during a line change and starting a fight with Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw last weekend, the league announced.

As part of the suspension, Clowe will not be paid for those two games, so he'll forfeit exactly $39,189.18 of his salary, all of which goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

With just 8.4 seconds remaining in regulation, Clowe left San Jose's bench on during a line change in order to start a fight with Shaw, who was not involved physically with any other player. He was initially handed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change.

However, upon further review from the league office, officials determined that Clowe had actually left the bench on a legal line change, significantly decreasing his suspension. Leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start an altercation warrants an automatic 10-game suspension.

The officials did note that Clowe left the bench to immediately skate towards Shaw, who was not engaged with any other player at the time. As such, his actions warranted the suspension.

Clowe missed the Feb. 23 game against the Dallas Stars while awaiting the results of his appeal, so he'll be eligible to return after sitting out Tuesday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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