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Sport Lightning's Erik Cernak, recently back from suspension, delivers another questionable hit

10:20  04 december  2019
10:20  04 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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With the Lightning losing Victor Hedman to an upper-body injury earlier in the contest, they're quite thin on defense at the moment. If Cernak doesn't come back to this one, his next chance to return will arrive Monday in Ottawa. More News. Lightning ' s Erik Cernak : Back from suspension .

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak (81) before an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets Saturday, Nov. Cernak added that he hoped the Sabres defenseman was feeling better and would be back playing soon. Dahlin responded right away, Cernak said.

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak served a two-game suspension late last month for an elbowing infraction.

a hockey game in the snow: Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak works against Nashville Predators left wing Daniel Carr.© Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak works against Nashville Predators left wing Daniel Carr.

In the second game after his return, he could be in trouble with the league again.

Cernak received a two-minute penalty Tuesday night for an illegal check to the head for his hit on Nashville Predators left wing Daniel Carr.

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Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak was issued a two-game suspension for a hit on Buffalo Sabres star Rasmus Dahlin. Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Erik Cernak has been suspended two games for an errant elbow delivered to the face of Buffalo Sabres defenceman

Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov, left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Erik Cernak during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks, Monday, Dec. Yes, Cernak . The rookie defenseman has been getting more involved on the attack recently .

Carr was trying to fend off Lightning forward Brayden Point during the third period while pursuing the puck near the boards when Cernak elevated into him with a hit that snapped his head back against the glass. Carr played two more shifts in the game.

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Cernak's previous suspension was for elbowing Rasmus Dahlin, which left the Buffalo Sabres defenseman with a concussion.

He lost $7,500 in pay while serving those games, but if he gets suspended for the latest hit, he'd be considered a repeat offender and pay a higher per-game cost.

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Find Erik Cernak stats, teams, height, weight, Position: Defenseman. 11/27 The Department of Player Safety has had a busy few days. Their latest discipline has been handed out to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak , who has been suspended for two games.

After the game, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Cernak "is going to be OK." He won't need reevaluation, unlike teammate Victor Hedman, who left following a hit to the head.

Cernak's hit was the second one in the 3-2 Lightning victory that drew scrutiny. Nashville's Ryan Johansen was ejected in the second period for elbowing Point.

Johansen told the Athletic that he accepted responsibility for his penalty but was frustrated by the hit on Carr.

"I think if you look at both hockey plays, if mine's going to be reviewed, then it (should) be a no-brainer for that one to be reviewed," he said. "He's in a vulnerable spot, and the target was the head."

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