Czech Republic's Michal Plutnar suspended one game for shoving ref

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Turns out that shoving an official will get you more than two minutes for roughing.

Czech Republic defenseman Michal Plutnar has been suspended by the International Ice Hockey Federation for one game after he knocked a linesman down in Saturday's match against Canada at the World Junior Championships. The official was trying to keep space between Plutnar and Canada's Connor McDavid after McDavid shot the puck into the Czech goal after time had expired. That's a no-no, but not as big of a no-no as pushing the ref.

The IIHF explained the ruling.

Upon further review, the IIHF Disciplinary Panel decided that, while it was not the intent of Plutnar to intentionally injure Metalnikov, the player did in fact make deliberate contact to remove him from his position, thus preventing him from doing his job by knocking him to the ice and thus endangering his safety.

Therefore, the Panel decided that additional disciplinary measures should be taken in the form of a one-game suspension, meaning that Plutnar will miss his country's next preliminary round game on 30 December against Germany.

Now it shouldn't be too much of an issue for the Czechs to be down a defenseman against Germany, which lost 8-0 to the US on Sunday. The Czechs, by the way, upset Canada in a shootout.

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