He will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL's department of player safety.
Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin will have a hearing with the National Hockey League after his reckless stick swing at Michael Raffl of the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night. After a battle for the puck near the benches, Raffl landed a punch to the back of Malkin's head. The Penguins forward was clearly irritated by Raffl and responded by recklessly swinging his stick in Raffl's direction as he skated away.
The incident occurred at 15:06 of the third period during Pittsburgh's 4-1 win at Wells Fargo Center.
"I know I was not playing smart with five minutes left, but it's only like one point", Malkin told reporters after the game. I gave them a five-minute power play. "(He wasn't) injured, not bleeding, nothing".
"I just think on Geno's part it was reactionary". "But nothing real bad, I didn't think". "If I had touched him in the face, for sure, I would get suspended. But that's now how the referee saw it".
Malkin can not be suspended for more than five games, as the hearing will take place over the phone.
A few starts would likely be the maximum ban anyway, despite the potential severity of Malkin's crime.