Dylan Larkin suspended one game by NHL for hit
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dylan Larkin punches Mathieu Joseph (photo courtesy of AP)

(DETROIT) – The NHL suspended Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin for a one game for roughing Tampa Bay forward Mathieu Joseph. The league announced the penalty Friday, adding Larkin will give up $30,500 in pay that will go toward the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. Larkin missed Detroit's home game Saturday night against the Vancouver Canucks, which the Wings won 2-1. The NHL said Larkin was suspended for retaliating to Joseph's hit from behind with a punch in the face when the opponent was not suspecting it. Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill says Larkin was coming off the ice, and then gets hit into the boards, and can understand why Larkin was upset. Larkin was limited to 44 games last season after Dallas' Jamie Benn cross-checked him in the neck. The Red Wings lost a three-goal lead three times in their season-opening game against the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Larkin was assessed a match penalty for the punch in the second period, ending his night on the ice after he scored the game's first goal.