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Richard Panik suspension: Lightning forward gets 2 games

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Richard Panik has been suspended two games for his from behind on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner.

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The NHL's department of player safety was busy on Wednesday handing out a pair of two-game suspensions.

Just hours after it was announced that Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen was getting a two-game ban, the league announced that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Richard Panik was also suspended two games for his hit from behind on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on Tuesday night.

The incident happened late in the second period of the Lightning's 6-5 shootout loss and earned him a five-minute major penalty.

Here is the NHL's explanation of the play and the suspension.

Not only was it a dangerous play and the type of hit players should be looking to avoid, it also proved to be costly for the Lightning. Tampa Bay had a two-goal lead at the time of the penalty but Washington was able to tie the game on the ensuing power play thanks to a pair of goals from Alex Ovechkin as he was on his way to a four-goal game.

Without that hit there is a good chance Tampa Bay is able to hold on and win the game.

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