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Friday, November 8
Updated: November 12, 12:22 AM ET
 
Zhitnik's hit knocked Hlavac out of game

SportsTicker

TORONTO -- Buffalo Sabres defenseman Alexei Zhitnik was suspended two games without pay for a kneeing incident involving Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jan Hlavac, the NHL announced Friday.

Zhitnik's knee-to-knee hit knocked out Hlavac, but failed to prevent Hlavac from setting up a goal in Buffalo's 2-0 loss Thursday.

Zhitnik received a kneeing major and a match penalty. But Hlavac managed to slide a pass to Jeff O'Neill as he tumbled to the ice, and O'Neill put a one-timer past rookie goaltender Mika Noronen with 2:37 left in the first period. Hlavac was helped off the ice and did not return.

Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement and based on his average annual salary, Zhitnik will forfeit $39,074.

Zhitnik will miss games Saturday against Atlanta and Tuesday against Boston.




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