Hurricanes’ Nino Niederreiter suspended 1 game for slashing player on bench

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The NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday suspended Carolina Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter 1 game for slashing Washington Capitals forward Axel Jonsson-Fjallby.

The incident occurred at 13:50 of the first period during the Hurricanes’ 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals on Friday. Niederreiter was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

In the suspension video it states that Niederreiter “intentionally strikes at Honsson-Fjallby and hits him in the face.”

Niederreiter, 29, has recorded 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) in 55 games this season.

He has 355 points (174 goals, 181 assists) in 712 career games with the New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild and Hurricanes.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Niederreiter will forfeit $26,250.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.


–Field Level Media contributed to this report