NHL suspends Kings' Dustin Brown for elbow on Wild's Jason Pominville

Kings captain Dustin Brown was suspended two games by the NHL. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

Kings captain Dustin Brown was suspended two games by the NHL. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 6:16 PM ET

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown will sit out the final two games of the regular season after being suspended by the NHL Wednesday.

Brown was suspended two games for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville in the head during Tuesday’s game in Minny. The Kings played the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday and close out the regular season Saturday against the San Jose Sharks in L.A.

“As Brown attempts this counter-hit, he extends his elbow directly into Pominville’s face, causing an injury,” NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in explaining the suspension. “Brown sees and feels the Minnesota player approaching, he’s in control of this play and is timing his counter-hit. That part of the play is legal. What isn’t is how Brown makes this contact. This was not an inadvertent elbow caused by Pominville’s sudden movement.”

Brown has 18 goals and 11 assists in 46 games this season.

The Kings called up Tyler Toffoli from Manchester of the AHL to take Brown’s place in the lineup.




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