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The NHL handed down a two-game suspension for Vancouver forward Byron Bitz on Thursday for an incident in the series opener against Los Angeles.
Bitz incurred a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct after hitting Kings forward Kyle Clifford high during the second period of Vancouver's 4-2 loss on Wednesday. Clifford will also miss Game 2, due to an upper body injury.
Former Canucks defenceman Willie Mitchell scored on the ensuing power play to put the visitors ahead 2-1, a shot that got past screened Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo.
Bitz will be eligible to play again for Game 4 on April 18 in Los Angeles.
The 27-year-old journeyman was a late season addition to the lineup for the Canucks, scoring a goal and adding three assists in 10 games, with 14 penalty minutes.
The next game of the series is at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Friday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. PT)
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Vancouver Canucks forward Byron Bitz was suspended for two games by NHL on Thursday for boarding Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford during Game 1 of their playoff series.
The hit happened at 12:12 of the second period Wednesday night, and Bitz was given a major penalty and a game misconduct. Clifford stayed on the bench for a while, then left the game and did not return.
via NHL.com, Vancouver Canucks right wing Byron Bitz will face a disciplinary hearing with the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety Thursday.
The hearing regards a boarding major Bitz received Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Los Angeles when Bitz hit L.A.‘s Kyle Clifford at 12:12 of the second period. Bitz was also assessed...
Vancouver Canucks fourth-liner Byron Bitz was whistled for a boarding major and a game misconduct for his second-period hit on Kyle Clifford of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.
Clifford eventually exited the contest with an upper body injury for the Kings, who stunned the top-seeded Canucks with a 4-2 victory in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.
Former Cornell Big Red forward Bryon Bitz was given a five minute major and a game misconduct for this dirty elbow on Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford. This is an unnecessary and dangerous hit and needs to be taken from the game of hockey. I predict that since Bitz who is a third or fourth line player he will end up serving a suspension or a game or two for this hit because...
The NHL has suspended Vancouver winger Byron Bitz for 2 games for his malicious hit on LA's Kyle Clifford.
And Vancouver fans whining about the refs in 5...4... 3... 2... 1...
Byron Bitz, class act. 4 shifts and a call from Mr. Shanahan. Now THAT's what I call a hockey player. THAT's what I call "depth".
Mike Richards. I guess he DOES show up for the playoffs.
No, no. I'm not getting cocky at ALL. We ARE the Kings. I'm not going to be happy until the...
Josh Hall, our Vancouver Canucks Insider thinks the team needs to chat with their moms prior to game two and review lessons taught growing up. Ryan Kesler, the refs have tabs on your every dive. Zack Kassian and Byron Bitz you were just careless. The Los Angeles Kings on the other hand did everything right Wednesday and now look to take a two to nothing series lead back to LA on Sunday.
The Los Angeles Kings say they're sorry.
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That didn't sit well with senior...
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