San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe has been suspended for two games, without pay, for leaving the bench on a legal line change and starting an altercation with Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw on Friday, the league announced Monday.
Clowe will forfeit $39,189.18.
Clowe was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start an altercation with 8.4 seconds left in regulation.
That infraction calls for an automatic 10-game suspension. However, after a review of the incident and a hearing on Monday, it was determined that Clowe entered the ice on a legal line change. Nonetheless, he skated directly to Shaw, who was not engaged physically with any other player. Clowe then grabbed Shaw and wrestled him to the ice.