Jets’ Neal Pionk suspended 2 games; Spezza decision looming

The NHL suspended Jets defenseman Neal Pionk 2 video games for kneeing Maple Leafs blueliner Rasmus Sandin. This is among the essential league choices coming from the carnage of a Maple Leafs – Jets video game that drew out of control.

The Department of Gamer Security revealed an “in-person” conference for Jason Spezza for striking back versus Neal Pionk. That choice hasn’t been exposed yet.

Neal Pionk suspended two games for kneeing Rasmus Sandin

This marks the first suspension of Pionk’s NHL career. As you can see from the video above this post’s headline, the league found that Pionk “extended his knee” to hit Sandin. Pionk wasn’t penalized during the play itself.

“It looks to me like it’s a five-minute major. It’s a knee-on-knee,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said after the game. “A guy gets carried. Obviously, [the refs] didn’t see it. I think if they see it, they probably would’ve called it differently. The league, I’m sure, will have a look.”

TSN’s Chris Johnston reports that Sandin is expected to miss two-to-three weeks thanks to that Pionk hit.

So, we received the Pionk suspension, while the Spezza one is TBD. The league also fined Wayne Simmonds for cross-checking Jansen Harkins. This video captures much of the chaos between the Jets and Maple Leafs from Saturday:

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