Flames" Matthew Tkachuk banned 1 game for spearing

TORONTO (AP) Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended one game by the NHL for spearing.

He will miss the game in Montreal on Thursday night when Calgary tries to end a three-game losing streak. Tkachuk will lose $11,280 in salary.

The punishment stems from Calgary's 2-1 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Tkachuk poked forward Matt Martin with the blade of his stick while standing on the bench as a fight was brewing along the sideboards.

Tkachuk's jab went undetected by the officials and no penalty was called. Martin said he didn't know Tkachuk speared him until he was shown a video.

Tkachuk is two weeks removed from a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct during a Nov. 15 game against Detroit.

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