Maple Leafs goalie Martin Gerber gets automatic three-game suspension

TORONTO – Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber received an automatic three-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for abusing referee Mike Leggo.

Gerber was tossed with 56 seconds remaining in Tuesday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals after he pushed Leggo and shot a puck in his direction.

The actions violated rule 41.4, which calls for an automatic ban.

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Gerber was incensed after Brooks Laich’s controversial goal made it 2-2. The Capitals forward stuffed the puck under Gerber, prompting the angry Toronto goalie to protest.

Gerber will miss Friday’s game at Buffalo, March 28 against Boston and April 1 against Philadelphia. He’s eligible to return April 3 when the Leafs visit the Flyers.