Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi suspended two games for altercation

Gregg Krupa
The Detroit News
From left background, Detroit's Dylan Larkin (71), Tyler Bertuzzi (59), Luke Glendening (41), Michael Rasmussen (27) and Luke Witkowski (28) push away Colorado left wing Matt Calvert on Sunday night.

Detroit — The NHL suspended the Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi for two games for unsportsmanlike conduct and roughing Monday after an altercation near the Red Wings bench Sunday, against the Avalanche.

During a fight-filled third period, Bertuzzi punched Colorado forward Matt Calvert, who tussled with Wings seated on the bench.

On a replay, Calvert is checked and leans over the boards at the bench with his stick extended well into a group of Red Wings. Michael Rasmussen and perhaps other Wings appear to grab the stick


Calvert tugs at the stick twice to retrieve it, before thrusting it toward the Wings in a spearing motion.

Directly in front of Calvert, Bertuzzi punched him.

Both Dylan Larkin and Bertuzzi wrestled with Calvert, as Bertuzzi threw the punch.

The referees called no penalty.

But the NHL Department of Player Safety announced the hearing to consider a sanction, and suspended Bertuzzi.

The Red Wings lost the game, 2-0.

Both Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha got the best of two on-ice fights, during the third period.

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