Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele has been given a four game suspension by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for an illegal hit to the head on Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans.
The incident occurred shortly after Evans tallied the empty net goal.
Scheifele received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. Meanwhile, Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher and is out indefinitely with a concussion.
His suspension begins in Game 2 of Winnipeg’s second round series against the Canadiens and will be eligible to return for Game 6.
At the time of his suspension, Scheifele is tied for the Jets lead with five points (two goals, three assists) this postseason. He also led Winnipeg in the regular season with 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists), the sixth straight season he scored at least 21 goals and 60 points.
Prior to this, the Kitchener Ontario native has neither been suspended nor fined in his 575 game NHL career. If this suspension is not served by the conclusion of this year’s playoffs, it will continue into next season.