The KHL Disciplinary Committee has held a weekend meeting to review three incidents from Friday’s games.

Two of the episodes occurred in the game in Yaroslavl between Lokomotiv and Amur Khabarovsk. In the 32nd minute, home forward Mikhail Pashnin was sent to the locker room for illegal use of the elbow in a hit on Amur forward Jan Mursak; the latter suffered head injuries and was unable to play any further part in the game. The Committee upheld the referee’s decision to punish the foul with a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for causing injury with an attack to the head or neck area. The maximum additional sanction for an offense of this nature is a 10-game disqualification. In this instance, the Committee decided to ban Pashnin for five games.

In the final minute of the second period, Amur defenseman Denis Yezhov received the same penalty after using his knee to injure Yaroslavl forward Janis Sprukts, who was also unable to return to the ice. Yezhov’s major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes) for injuring an opponent remains in place, and the Committee has suspended him for one game.

The third incident concerned Atlant forward Ilya Kablukov’s 45th-minute foul by the boards on Sibir forward Alexander Romanov. The referee judged the foul as one of injuring an opponent by checking to the head and neck area and handed Kablukov a major plus game misconduct penalty (5+20 minutes). After scrutinizing the episode, the Committee supported the referee’s punishment and has banned Kablukov for one game.

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