Arizona Coyotes forward Max Domi lost his cool at the end of the team’s 5-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night in Glendale, Arizona – and it’s going to cost the rookie a game in the process.
The NHL announced late on Friday afternoon that Domi, 21, will receive a one game suspension for his instigation of a fight with Ducks forward Ryan Garbutt in the final five minutes of Arizona’s loss the night prior.
Arizona's Max Domi has been automatically suspended one game for instigating an altercation in the final five minutes of regulation time.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 4, 2016
As mentioned in the suspension is a direct result of the forward earning a game misconduct in the final five minutes of play, as his ejection came with just 2:30 left in the game.
Per the league’s rule 46.22, any player who is deemed guilty of an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of play is subject to a one game suspension upon review of the play – and it looks like the league reviewed this instance, which came after a clean hit by Garbutt on Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and decided the suspension was necessary.
This will hold Domi out of the team’s upcoming game this Saturday, when the Coyotes host the Florida Panthers at home at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.
It was the only suspension the team saw from what proved to be a chippy game (Arizona earned 44 PIM in the game, while the Ducks took home 38 PIM of their own), and it was an automatic decision by the league; while it certainly won’t make Coyotes fans happy to see the crowd favorite miss their upcoming game, the situation is fairly textbook in nature.
Here’s a look at the fight in question, which earned Domi his first-ever NHL suspension: