Leafs coach Babcock calls Tkachuk spearing incident 'junior hockey stuff'
Calgary Flames' Matthew Tkachuk takes down Edmonton Oilers' Kris Russell during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mike Drew
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 9:23AM EST
TORONTO - Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk will have a hearing today with the NHL department of player safety for a spearing incident in Wednesday's game against Toronto.
In the first period of the 2-1 shootout loss to the Maple Leafs, Tkachuk poked Leafs forward Matt Martin with the blade of his stick while standing on the bench as an altercation was brewing along the sideboards.
The play began when Martin came across the ice and checked Troy Brouwer into the boards, leading to a brief scrum.
Tkachuk's jab went undetected by on-ice officials and no penalty was called on the play. He didn't speak to reporters after the game.
Calgary has lost three in a row and has a quick turn around with a game in Montreal against the Canadiens on Thursday night.
Martin said he didn't know the 19-year-old Tkachuk speared him until he was shown a video of the play by team staff.