With the tension mounting as the battle for play-off berths reaches its most crucial stage, it is far from surprising that the KHL Disciplinary Committee has been extremely busy investigating several incidents from Friday’s games. As a result, four players have been suspended. 

In the 34th minute of the game in Khabarovsk between Amur and Dynamo Moscow, home defenseman Artyom Zub was sent to the locker room for checking to the head and neck area. 

The Committee supported the referee’s decision to punish the foul with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes), and has suspended Artyom Zub for two games. 

Jokerit forward Brandon Kozun also earned a major plus game misconduct, and for checking to the head and neck area, a little under six minutes from the end of his team’s game in Moscow against CSKA. 

Once again, the Committee upheld the officials’ verdict, but the additional sanction was slightly more lenient: Brandon Kozun has been suspended for one game. 

Over in Novokuznetsk, where Metallurg hosted Slovan Bratislava, home forward Alexander Komaristy was adjudged guilty of checking from behind, and was sent for an early bath a mere five seconds from the end of the first period. 

The Committee deemed this foul serious enough to merit a two-game ban. However, as this was the player’s second 20-minute penalty of the current season, he incurs an automatic one-game suspension for repeat offending. Alexander Komaristy is therefore banned for three games in total. 

Meanwhile, in Novosibirsk, Medvescak forward Nathan Perkovich was sent off for being the aggressor in a brawl which erupted after Sibir had taken a 4-0 lead against the Zagreb men with just two seconds of the second period remaining. 

This was Nathan Perkovich’s second fight of the campaign, and as a result, he must serve an automatic one-game ban.