The KHL Disciplinary Committee has imposed additional suspensions on three players who were sent off for illegal hits to the head during Wednesday’s games in the Championship.
Avtomobilist forward Artyom Gareyev’s illegal airborne hit on Jiri Hunkes left the Lada defenseman nursing a head injury and resulted in Gareyev receiving a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area. As the challenge was a blatant and deliberate attempt to injure an opponent, Artyom Gareyev has been banned for two games.
In the penultimate minute of the game in Moscow between CSKA and Vityaz, visiting defenseman Igor Golovkov also earned a major plus game misconduct penalty, followed by a two-game suspension, for deliberate use of the elbow in a hit which injured home defenseman Denis Denisov. As this was the Vityaz man’s second game misconduct of the season, following September’s sending off against SKA in Saint Petersburg, he incurs an automatic one-game suspension. Igor Golovkov is therefore banned for three games.
The third incident was Torpedo defenseman Artyom Blazhiyevsky’s 54th-minute foul on Severstal forward Anatoly Nikontsev. The Committee upheld the referee’s decision to award a major plus game misconduct game penalty but deemed the foul to be less serious than those of Gareyev and Golovkov, and has therefore imposed on Blazhiyevsky an additional ban of one game.