Phoenix Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal has been suspended two games for an illegal charge that included a hit to the head of Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry during Saturday's 5-4 victory. He will forfeit $75,609.76 in salary.
Hanzal's was assessed a minor penalty for charging during the game. Petry was slow to get up but remained in the game.
Today's suspension is the second of Hanzal's career. He was suspended for one game during the 2012 playoffs for boarding Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown. Because that suspension occurred within the last 18 months, it makes the 26-year-old a repeat offender.
He will miss Tuesday's home game against the Kings and Thursday's Halloween game against the Nashville Predators.
Hanzal has been red-hot to start the season scoring five goals and 11 points in the first 12 games while winning 51.9 percent of his face-offs. Coach Dave Tippett raved after Saturday's game about how well Hanzal has been playing, particularly on the power play.
With Jeff Halpern injured, the Coyotes may be down two of their top four centermen heading into Tuesday's rivalry game.