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First pick Juraj Slafkovsky suspended two games for Canadiens

Montreal left wing has been suspended two games for boarding on Red Wings RW Matt Luff.

Montreal Canadiens left wing Juraj Slafkovsky (20) waits for a face-off during the Las Vegas Golden Knights versus the Montreal Canadiens game on November 05, 2022, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Update — Slafkovsky has been given a two-game suspension for his boarding on Luff on Tuesday night. The rookie will miss Wednesday’s game vs. the Canucks and Saturday’s game vs. the Penguins.


Montreal Canadiens LW Juraj Slafkovsky has a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a boarding penalty on Detroit Red Wings right wing Matt Luff. The Canadiens defeated the Red Wings 3-2 on Tuesday night in a shootout. Slafkovsky was given a game misconduct penalty in the third period for his hit on Luff.

There’s a chance the 2022 first-round pick is suspended, though this would be his first offense in the NHL. It doesn’t appear the hearing will be in-person, which could be a precursor to the severity of the suspension.

Slafkovsky became the first Slovakia-born player to be selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft over the summer. He made the Habs’ roster out of camp and has played in 10 games this season, scoring three goals. Montreal is 6-6-1 so far this season and are toward the bottom of the standings in the Atlantic Division.