SAN JOSE — Sharks winger Ryane Clowe was suspended two games without pay by the NHL on Monday, as the league determined Clowe left the bench on a legal line change to start an altercation in San Jose's game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday.
Clowe sat out Saturday's game against the Dallas Stars, meaning he will only have to sit out Tuesday's game against the Colorado Avalanche at HP Pavilion to complete the suspension.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Clowe will lose $39,189.18 of his salary.
Clowe faced disciplinary action for leaving San Jose's bench during the waning moments of San Jose's loss to Chicago on Friday after a hard hit by the Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw on Joe Pavelski.
At that time, Clowe was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a game misconduct for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to start an altercation with 8.4 seconds left in regulation — an infraction that carries automatic 10-game suspension.
In his report, Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, said with Sharks goalie Antti Niemi pulled and San Jose on a 6 on 5, Clowe was identified by coach Todd McLellan as the next player off the bench should any of his teammates have come off the ice. Shanahan explained that Pavelski had been on the ice for one minute and eight seconds, and was skating towards the Sharks door.
The league determined that Clowe did come off the bench to start an altercation, as he went straight to Shaw after he hit the ice, but that it happened during a legal line change.
Clowe had a teleconference with Shanahan on Monday after he waived his right to an in-person supplemental disciplinary hearing.