Panthers’ William Lockwood gets 3-game ban for Fleury hit


The NHL has suspended Florida Panthers forward William Lockwood for three games due to goalie interference. The league’s decision came after Lockwood collided with Minnesota Wild goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury behind the net during the first period of the Panthers’ 6-4 loss on Friday. The NHL cited “high, forceful contact with [Fleury’s] head” as the reason for the suspension. Lockwood received a minor penalty for goalie interference and an additional two minutes for roughing during an altercation with Minnesota defenseman Zach Bogosian. Following the penalty, Lockwood engaged in a fight with Wild forward Brandon Duhaime, resulting in an injury that forced him out of the game. Fleury, 39, also left the game in the second period with an upper-body injury.

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In the current season, Lockwood, 25, has recorded one assist and accumulated 14 penalty minutes in 23 games. Over his career with the Vancouver Canucks (2020-23) and Panthers, he has contributed two assists in 51 games.

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