Minnesota Wild forward Kevin Fiala has been suspended three games for boarding Los Angeles Kings defenceman Matt Roy during Thursday night's matchup, NHL Player Safety announced Friday.
Minnesota’s Kevin Fiala has been suspended for three games for Boarding Los Angeles’ Matt Roy. https://t.co/i6vUnV1Q0b— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 29, 2021
Fiala was handed a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit. The incident occurred when Fiala skated into the corner behind Roy. As Roy tried to control the puck near the boards, Fiala delivered a cross check to Roy's back, sending him flying face-first into the boards.
Roy was slow to get up and teammates Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar helped him off the ice. Minnesota went on to win the game 5-3.
According to The Athletic's Michael Russo, Fiala will forfeit $77,586.21 in salary.
Fiala, 24, had a goal earlier in the game in 7:45 of ice time. This is his third season in Minnesota after coming over in a trade with the Nashville Predators in February of 2019.
Following their matchup with L.A., the Wild will be back in action Saturday night in St. Paul against the Colorado Avalanche.