Habs Michael Pezzetta gets 2 game ban for check to head

Michael Pezzetta
Mar 12, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Pezzetta (55) reacts after scoring a goal against Seattle Kraken goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) during the first period at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Pezzetta received a two-game suspension Monday for an illegal check to the head on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.

The play occurred Saturday during the third period of Washington’s 8-4 victory in Montreal. Oshie reached a loose puck, and after he completed a breakout pass, Pezzetta skated through and his shoulder made contact with Oshie’s head. Pezzetta was called for a two-minute penalty at the time.

NHL suspends Habs Michael Pezzetta

The NHL Department of Player Safety ruled that Oshie’s head was the main point of contact and the hit was avoidable, leading to the first suspension of Pezzetta’s career.

Pezzetta, 24, will miss the two remaining games of Montreal’s four-game homestand — Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild and Thursday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In his rookie NHL campaign, Pezzetta has tallied five goals and three assists for Montreal in 47 games.

Per the NHL: Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Pezzetta will forfeit $7,500.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

–Field Level Media