New York Islanders winger Matt Martin was suspended for one game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety after a hit on Dallas Stars defenseman Trevor Daley during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars.
Martin will miss the Islanders next game in Nashville on Thursday night. They are currently on a four-game road trip.
Martin received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct on the play, which happened just 1:48 into the game. Daley left the game and did not return, with Dallas coach Lindy Ruff saying afterward he expected Daley to be out "weeks."
The video below from the DOPS describes the play as "reckless" but not malicious, as Martin asserted during his phone hearing Wednesday.
Though he is annually the NHL hits leader, Martin is seen by many as a generally clean player given the nature of his hits -- and of the times he pulls up when a player is vulnerable. But he does two have suspensions in his past (though notably, the hit that knocked out Keith Ballard this season was deemed legal by the NHL), which played into the decision.
The Player Safety video's description of Martin "not wanting to miss the check completely" is probably the best summation Martin's play style and career to date.
The Islanders, already without forwards Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski and now new guy Tyler Kennedy, will miss Martin's trusted presence on the fourth line against the Predators. Casey Cizikas, Martin's usual center who has missed a few games with a foot injury, might be back Thursday night, per Arthur Staple of Newsday.