STOCKHOLM – The IIHF Disciplinary Panel has suspended Russian defenceman Dmitri Kalinin for three games following his cross-check on Swedish forward Johan Franzén. Another Russian defenceman, Alexei Yemelin, will miss one game for spearing Franzén.
Both incidents occurred during Russia’s 7-3 preliminary round win over Sweden on Friday night.
Kalinin’s third period cross-check on Franzen (one that knocked the Swede out of the game with a broken nose) resulted in a match penalty for the Russian, which carries an automatic one-game suspension. Upon further review the Disciplinary Panel decided to add two additional games to the suspension. This means that Kalinin will sit out Russia’s final two preliminary round games and one game in the playoff round.
In the other incident involving Franzen, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel has ruled that Yemelin’s slash on Franzen in the first period, for which he received a two-minute penalty at the time, was in fact a spear and in violation of the IIHF rules. Yemelin will miss Russia's next game on Sunday against the Czech Republic.