NEW YORK — New York’s David Krejsi has been suspended for one game and fined $25,000 by the National Hockey League for harassing a teammate during a game Saturday night, the league announced Monday.
Krejcsi was a healthy scratch against the New York Islanders and was in the locker room during the second period of New York 5-2 win.
The two-game suspension comes just a week after Krejcis penalty against a teammate was overturned by referee Dan O’Halloran after video footage showed Krejczis hand in the altercation.
Krejsis hit the Islanders forward and shoved him in the head, the video showed.
The incident began with Krejcius play-fighting a player on the Isles third line, then Krejsii was ejected for a boarding attempt.
The league suspended Krejces two games and fined him $25K.
Krejcises coach, Rick Nash, said in a statement Monday that the incident had nothing to do with the team’s win.
Krecis is not eligible to play in the team`s game Saturday at Washington because of a strained groin.
Nash also said the incident did not impact the team as a whole.
“The way the play unfolded is completely out of character for David Kreczis and his team, especially when the officials are the ones that are responsible for the conduct,” Nash said.
“We have no intention of changing this behavior and we have no plans to change our players’ behavior either.”
Nash said the Rangers will play Saturday in New Jersey against the Devils.
Krecsi, the Rangers third round pick in 2012, played in just two games with the Rangers last season and was scratched from last week’s game against the St. Louis Blues.
He has six points (two goals, two assists) in 13 games this season.
Kreczi’s suspension comes after he was suspended for a minor incident during the first period of Saturday`s contest.
Kreis said in the video he was playing a hard-nosed game against a young, aggressive player.
Krezci hit Islanders defenseman Mike Cammalleri in the back of the head with his glove.
Krei is the fourth player to face disciplinary action in the past week.
New York coach Alain Vigneault said Krejcin was not intentionally hitting the Islanders player.
He said Kreis was trying to do what he thought was right.
“He was playing in his own zone, that`s the way it is,” Vigneaults coach said.
Kreci has been a part of the Rangers` success in recent years and has been rewarded for his effort by earning the captaincy in 2015-16.
Krevski has five goals and 12 points in 22 games this year.
Kreizes last season was cut from the Rangers lineup after being scratched for the first three games of the season.