The NHL's Department of Player Safety has handed Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza a six-game suspension for his hit on Jets defenceman Neal Pionk .
The hit occurred during the third period of Winnipeg's 6-3 victory over Toronto on Sunday Night, and was a retaliatory response from Spezza after Pionk laid a knee-on-knee hit to Maple Leafs' blueliner Rasmus Sandin.
Jason Spezza is an avenger
Goes right for Pionk pic.twitter.com/95v2TID9UE
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) December 6, 2021
Pionk was suspended two games for his actions, and was also placed into the NHL's concussion protocols as a result of Spezza's hit.
This marks the first time Spezza has been suspended in his 19-year, 1,203-game career. The versatile, veteran forward has moved up and down Toronto's the lineup all season, posting seven goals and 11 points in 26 games.
Spezza will be eligible to return on Dec. 19 when the Leafs travel to Seattle to face the Kraken.
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