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LA Kings’ Milan Lucic Suspended One Game; Out vs. Sharks

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 23: Milan Lucic #17 of the Los Angeles Kings is escorted off the ice by linesman Lonnie Cameron after receiving a misconduct penalty during the third period against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on January 23, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, N.Y. — If the Los Angeles Kings hope to halt their two-game losing streak on Sunday in San Jose, they will have to do so without the services of Milan Lucic. The bruising forward has been suspended one game for punching an unsuspecting opponent on Saturday.

That unsuspecting opponent was Arizona‘s Kevin Connauton who was the recipient of a supposed “sucker punch” after Lucic reacted to being slashed on the left hand by the defenseman. The reaction shot came after Lucic suspected that his wrist was broken. Thankfully, that was an exaggeration but the punch was enough to warrant a game misconduct — Lucic’s first since 2011.

As a result of said suspension, Lucic will forfeit $32,258.06.

In 47 games this season, the 27-year-old has 12 goals and 17 assists for the silver-and-black. The Kings will welcome him back on Wednesday night when they play host to the Colorado Avalanche.

About Ryan Cowley

Ryan Cowley has been writing about the Los Angeles Kings since 2009, beginning as the head writer and editor of Make Way for the Kings since its inception. Until the summer of 2015, Make Way was run by the FanvsFan Network (www.makewayforthekings.com) but has since become independent at its new address: www.makewayforthekings.net Ryan is an NHL-accredited writer who has covered such events as the Stanley Cup Final and Stadium Series. He is also a graduate of Comedy Writing & Performance from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario.

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