Detroit Red Wings left wing Kirk Maltby was suspended for four games by the NHL on Wednesday for a slash that broke the right forearm of Colorado Avalanche left wing Valeri Kamensky.
The slash came in the third period of the Red Wings' 3-1 victory on Sunday, causing a fracture that will sideline Kamensky for up to 12 weeks.
"Though the slash was a short chop to Mr. Kamensky's forearm, not a baseball-type swing, and was represented by Mr. Maltby as an attempt to prevent Mr. Kamensky from reaching the front of the Detroit net, a serious injury resulted," NHL senior vice president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said. "Mr. Maltby is accountable for the consequence of using his stick in a dangerous manner."
The suspension will cost him $9,375 in lost salary.
The 26-year-old Maltby, one of Detroit's most physical forwards, has six goals and six assists in 43 games this season.
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