Vancouver Canucks winger Byron Bitz has been suspended two games by the NHL for his hit on L.A. Kings forward Kyle Clifford in the opener of the Canucks' Western Conference quarter-final series Wednesday night.
Bitz had a disciplinary hearing with the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety on Thursday afternoon.
Bitz received a boarding major and game misconduct at 12:12 of the second period of the contest as a result of the hit.
While attempting to gain puck control, Clifford had his head down and was in a vulnerable position when Bitz caught him and forced his head into the glass.
Clifford stayed on the bench for a while before leaving the game and not returning. The LA Times is reporting that Clifford will also miss Game 2 of the series on Friday night.
Edited by The Brown Burrows., 12 April 2012 - 04:38 PM.