Connor McDavid of Edmonton Oilers gets two-game suspension for illegal check

Edmonton Oilers' Connor Mc David attempts to score on New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday Feb. 16 2019 in New York

Edmonton Oilers' Connor Mc David attempts to score on New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday Feb. 16 2019 in New York

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has been suspended for two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy, the National Hockey League announced Friday.

The reigning Art Ross Trophy victor caught Leddy with a shoulder to the head late in the first period of Thursday's game.

But that could change on Friday, when McDavid is set to meet with the NHL's Department of Player Safety to discuss Thursday night's illegal check to the head on Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy.

McDavid, who has just 18 penalty minutes on the season and has never topped 26, will forfeit $134,408.60 as a result of the suspension.

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After the game, Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said Leddy, who logged 18:18 of ice time in the loss, cleared concussion protocol.

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"Obviously, it's not a great check, it's not what I was trying to do", he told reporters after the game, according to TSN.

McDavid, who has a total of just 88 penalty minutes in 267 career games, has never been suspended in his National Hockey League career. "It's not what I was trying to do". "He stopped a little bit earlier than I thought and I maybe clipped him a little too high".

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