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Kevin Shattenkirk suspended two games for charging Kings’ Kevin Gravel

Kevin Shattenkirk. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES — Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has been suspended two games by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Sunday afternoon for charging Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel during Washington’s 4-2 loss on Saturday night. That means Shattenkirk will miss Sunday night’s game against the Anaheim Ducks and Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

This marks Shattenkirk’s first suspension of his career and it’s the first supplemental discipline a Washington player has faced all season. In video explanation of the suspension, a Department of Player Safety representative says Shattenkirk launched “up excessively” into his hit and made “significant contact with Gravel’s head.” Both of Shattenkirk’s skates were off the ice before contact was made.

Here’s the full video explanation:

Shattenkirk was penalized on the play 15:57 into the third period, and it was his third minor penalty of the game.

The Capitals traded for Shattenkirk three weeks ago, and in six games, he has four assists and has averaged 20:03. Shattenkirk plays on the top power-play unit and on a third pairing with defenseman Brooks Orpik. With him out of the lineup for the next two games, Nate Schmidt is expected to take his place. Washington is on a three-game losing streak.