The Anaheim Ducks will apparently have to play the next two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal without one of their top players.
Left wing Bobby Ryan was suspended two games by the NHL on Saturday for stepping on Jonathon Blum's skate in the third period of Anaheim's 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators on Friday night at the Honda Center.
"The actions by Ryan were both reckless and dangerous," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "While it was fortunate there was no injury to Blum on the play, the act of using your skate in this manner is unacceptable."
Ryan, who appeared in all 82 regular-season games and had 34 goals and 37 assists, will not be eligible to play again until the best-of-seven series (currently tied 1-1) shifts back to Anaheim for Game 5 next Friday.
The Ducks and Preds will play Game 3 at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin
TONIGHT ON NHL NETWORK
5:00 ET: NHL Live Powered by Constellation 7:00 ET: NHL Tonight Eastern Conf. Preview 8:00 ET: NHL Hockey Central Season Preview