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Cizikas Given Game Misconduct for Goalie Interference, Blackhawks Retaliate on Sorokin



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On Wednesday, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety fined New York Islanders forward Casey Cizikas $5,000, the maximum allowed under the CBA for Goalie Interference against Chicago Blackhawks netminder Alex Stalock. 

Stalock is in concussion protocol. 

Here’s what transpired Tuesday night:

The New York Islanders fourth line had been dominant through the first nine games of the season. With Matt Martin missing the contest against the Chicago Blackhawks due to the birth of his second child, Ross Johnston slotted in alongside Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck. But just 2:56 minutes into the contest, the fourth line was also down Cizikas for the remainder of the game.

As he took the puck to the net, he ran into Chicago Blackhawks netminder Alex Stalock, making direct contact with his head.

Stalock stayed down for a few minutes, in clear pain. Eventually, he got to his feet and, alongside the trainers, went off the ice and to the locker room.

Here are more angles:

Backup Arvid Soderblom came into the game immediately and played the rest of the contest.

Unfortunately for Casey Cizikas, Stalock still had a foot in the crease, and the point of contact was directly to Stalock’s head.

Given that Cizikas was given a match penalty, he will likely have a meeting with George Parros of NHL Player Safety sometime on Wednesday.

Last season, Cizikas was suspended one game for boarding Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Brendan Smith on Apr. 8.

Here’s the hit: