Lee, Khabarov, Pashnin penalties overturned
The KHL Disciplinary Committee has canceled the game misconduct penalty (20 minutes) handed to Metallurg Magnitogorsk defenseman Chris Lee for intentionally striking the referee with the puck in the 18th minute of Tuesday’s game in Donetsk. Replays show that the Magnitogorsk defenseman hit the puck against the boards, after which it ricocheted and hit the official.
The 40th-minute misconduct penalty (10 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area handed to Lee’s teammate, Yaroslav Khabarov, in the same game has also been rescinded, with the Committee deciding the foul only merited a minor (2 minute) penalty.
Lokomotiv defenseman Mikhail Pashnin was cleared of wrongdoing in Monday’s game against Atlant. He had also received a misconduct penalty (10 minutes) for checking to the head and neck area, but the Committee reviewed the incident and found nothing illegal in the challenge.