NHL hits Evgeni Malkin with 4 game suspension for crosscheck to Mark Borowiecki’s face

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Apr 10, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) handles the puck against Nashville Predators defenseman Matt Benning (5) during the third period at PPG Paints Arena. The Penguins won 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has been suspended four games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday evening.

The league came down hard on the three-time All Star following a crosscheck to the face of Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki.

Per the NHL:

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Malkin will forfeit $190,000.00. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

NHL suspends Evgeni Malkin for 4 games

The incident occurred Sunday during the Penguins’ 3-2 win over the visiting Predators. Malkin was issued a double-minor for high sticking after drawing blood, avoiding a match penalty on the play. Borowiecki was given a two-minute minor for slashing.

Malkin, 35, was suspended once before, earning a one-game ban in 2019 for swinging his stick at the head of Michael Raffl, then of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Malkin has 37 points (17 goals, 20 assists) in 37 games played this season. He has 1,141 career points (441 goals, 700 assists) over his 16-year career with the Penguins. He was selected No. 2 overall in the 2004 draft.

–Field Level Media contributed to this report