The NHL suspended Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning two games Monday for a late, open-ice hit Saturday on Penguins rookie Jake Guentzel.
Guentzel did not miss any time because of the high, second-period hit, and the forward contributed a pair of assists in the Penguins' 4-2 victory. He was named the game's No. 1 star.
Manning acknowledged the hit was late, but said he thought Guentzel was going to control the puck when he checked him. The puck bounced away from him and went toward Sidney Crosby.
Manning checked Guentzel in the shoulder and said his follow-through caught the forward in the head.
The league announced Manning had been suspended for interference. Manning will forfeit nearly $11,000 in salary.
"I'd like to say what I really think," Manning said, "but…"
There was no penalty called on the play.
Manning will miss home contests against Colorado (Tuesday) and Florida (Thursday).
"He's been a real good, solid piece for us," coach Dave Hakstol said. "He brings that physical edge; he's been reliable in every area and has been a staple for our lineup, so it's a hole that we'll have to fill over the next couple games here."
Michael Del Zotto will likely replace Manning.
Del Zotto is one of many Flyers who could be dealt before Wednesday's 3 p.m. trade deadline.