Well, the spear below the belt is officially an international phenomenon this postseason. It's been the retaliation of choice in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year and now it looks to be the same over at the World Championship currently being played in Minsk, Belarus.
Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons is at the Worlds representing Latvia and is easily one of the most talented players on the team. While trailing Russia 4-1 midway through the second period of their preliminary-round matchup Saturday, Girgensons speared Alexander Burmistrov right in the groin after a faceoff. Unlike some of the ones in the NHL this year, he wasn't as subtle.
Girgensons received a five-minute major and game misconduct for spearing and on Sunday, the International Ice Hockey Federation suspended him an additional game. He'll miss Latvia's Monday contest against host Belarus.
Here's what the IIHF had to say on the matter:
Upon reviewing the play the Disciplinary Panel de...