Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman was suspended for two games and San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic was fined $5,000 for separate incidents that occurred during the Sharks-Senators game in Ottawa on Wednesday, the NHL announced Friday.
Hoffman was suspended for cross-checking Sharks forward Logan Couture in the back of the helmet.
The incident occurred at 7:50 of the third period. Hoffman was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct at the time.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Hoffman will forfeit $57,638.88.
"It looked like he intended to injure me, so I hope he gets suspended," Couture told the San Jose Mercury News before the suspension was handed down.
Couture had to be helped off the ice after the hit and went through the concussion protocol. Couture is expected to play in Friday's game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Vlasic was fined the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for dangerous use of the stick involving Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.
That incident occurred at 19:04 of the second period.
"Well, I mean I'm down in the corner battling and I lose my stick. The play is gone and I'm reaching for it and he tries to pitchfork me in the face and I'm lucky that I'm looking down," Karlsson told reporters after the game. "As far as I'm concerned that's a dangerous play, intentional, and I've got to give it to (teammate Kyle Turris) for sticking up for me and I'm happy I didn't lose my cool and do something stupid."
No penalty was called on Vlasic.