Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy suspended one game

Mar 14, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy (21) protects the puck from Arizona Coyotes right wing Clayton Keller (9) and right wing Conor Garland (83) during the second period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wosika-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild defenseman Carson Soucy has been suspended for one game for charging Arizona Coyotes forward Conor Garland, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Wednesday.

Soucy hit Garland in the head up against the boards with his left shoulder and elbow. He was assessed a five-minute major penalty for elbowing midway into the first period of Tuesday’s game. Garland retreated to the locker room before returning to start the second period for Arizona, which dropped a 3-0 decision.

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Soucy will forfeit $23,706.90 under the terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement. The total is based on his average annual salary.

Soucy, 26, has recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 22 games this season. He has 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 80 career games over three seasons with the Wild.

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–Field Level Media