Evander Kane suspended two games for boarding Clayton Stoner

Evander Kane suspended two games for boarding Clayton Stoner

Evander Kane will lose many dollar bills for his boarding of Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner. A total of $56,451.62 according to the NHL.

This is because Kane was suspended for two games for crushing Stoner from behind in a Sunday evening tilt against the Anaheim Ducks. Despite sort of being known as an NHL 'bad boy' this is actually Kane's first suspension.

Do your thing Patrick Burke:

As Burke notes, Kane "crashes into Stoner from behind."

Also, "Kane sees nothing but Stoner's number" the entire way into the check, and Stoner makes "no sudden movement" to turn his back towards Kane. This is clearly boarding.

Stoner stayed in the game, which also went in Kane's favor. Kane was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

Earlier in the day, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said he fully expected Kane wouldn't miss any games because the in-game punishment was enough. Yup ... he was wrong. Said Maurice to the Winnipeg Sun:

“I don’t expect we’re going to lose him at all,” Maurice said. “That is a five-minute — that’s the right call. It’s a hit from on the numbers. There’s a penalty for it. It’s an expensive penalty in a 3-2 game. For me that’s the right call, and we move on.”

The suspension comes at a slightly annoying, but not horrible time for the Jets. They have a two-game roadtrip against Central Division cellar dwellers Dallas and Colorado before coming home to face -- you guessed it -- the Ducks on Saturday. It will be Kane's first game back.