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Sabres’ Larsson suspended two games for cross-checking Trocheck


Kevin Hoffman

The Florida Panthers’ 4-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres featured some physical moments on Thursday, with the two teams combining for 80 penalty minutes.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a hearing regarding one of the nastier moments, as Johan Larsson cross-checked Vincent Trocheck in the face. Larsson received a five-minute major for cross-checking and a game misconduct for the infraction, which came with about 35 seconds remaining in the third period.

Here’s a GIF of it:

Larsson said he wasn’t too concerned about supplemental discipline after the game, as John Vogl of the Buffalo News reports.

“I just heard something going on there, so I skated up there,” Larsson said. “The guy came right at me, and I pushed him a little bit, got a little scrum. I didn’t know I got a five. No, I’m not worried at all” about a possible suspension.

Larsson, 25, has not yet been suspended during his NHL career. That could change soon.

Update: It did indeed change, as the NHL suspended Larsson for two games:

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.