Evgeny Kuznetsov gets just 1 game ban for stick swing to face of Kyle Burroughs

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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov had a hearing with the NHL on Tuesday after high-sticking Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kyle Burroughs during Monday’s game.

Kuznetsov went behind the Canucks’ net at 16:44 of the second period during the Capitals’ 6-4 home win. After colliding with Burroughs, he proceeded to take a full swing making contact with his face. He received a two-minute minor penalty. Burroughs was fortunately not injured.

The Department of Player Safety heard Kuznetsov’s case that he didn’t mean to hit Burroughs so high with his stick. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement he will forfeit $42,162.16 which is based on his AAV. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Kuznetsov contributed three assists in the game, including his 500th career point.

Kuznetsov, 30, has 153 goals and 347 assists in 603 career games since making his debut with Washington in 2014.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article