Martin Gerber, goaltender for the Toronto Maple Leafs, has been suspended for three games for making contact with an official in Tuesday’s victory over the Washington Capitals.
With one minute left in regulation, the Maple Leafs were ahead 2 to 1. However, Brooks Laich scored a goal to tie the game at 2, and Gerber was not happy about how the goal was scored. As a result, Gerber initiated contact with a referee while he was arguing that the goal should not be allowed. Watch what happened here:
Although the video doesn’t show it, Gerber abused a referee, and that called for a three-game suspension without pay. According to the NHL rulebook, “Any player or goalkeeper who, by his actions, physically threatens an official by shooting the puck at or in the general direction of an official shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.” Gerber will lose a handful of money to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Gerber will miss Friday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. He will also miss the March 28 against Boston and the April 1 game against Philadelphia. He will be allowed to return to the team on April 3 when the Leafs play the Flyers at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.