LAS VEGAS (AP) — San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton has been suspended for one playoff game for a hit to the head of Vegas’ Tomas Nosek.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety said Monday that Thornton’s hit on Nosek in Game 3 was avoidable and that the head was “clearly the main point of contact.” That led to the decision to suspend Thornton for Game 4 on Tuesday night in Las Vegas.
San Jose’s Joe Thornton has been suspended for one game for an Illegal Check to the Head on Vegas’ Tomas Nosek. https://t.co/05ZmQEc7D6— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 15, 2019
Vegas won the game 6-3 and holds a 2-1 series lead.
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Thornton was called for an illegal check to the head on the play and defended it after the game. He has a goal and two assists in the series.