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.