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Predators’ McCarron suspended 2 games for illegal head check

April 11, 2021 GMT
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators right wing Michael McCarron (47) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (98) battles for the puck with Nashville Predators right wing Michael McCarron (47) in the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, April 10, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NEW YORK (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Michael McCarron was suspended two games Sunday for an illegal check to the head of Tampa Bay’s Yanni Gourde.

McCarron was given a match penalty for an illegal check to the head and thrown out of the game Saturday night. He struck Gourde in the head with his left shoulder with 26 seconds to go and the Lightning leading 3-0.

The NHL’s department of player safety called the head contact avoidable. McCarron will miss Nashville’s games Sunday against Dallas and Tuesday against Tampa Bay and be eligible to return Thursday against Carolina.

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McCarron will forfeit $12,069 as part of the suspension. It’s the first supplemental discipline of his 74-game NHL career.

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