Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers doesn’t exactly have a spotless record when it comes to supplemental discipline and he could be meeting with the Department of Player Safety once again after a crosscheck to the neck of San Jose Sharks winger Tommy Wingels.
The incident occurred in the third period of Tuesday’s game when Wingels came in hard on the forecheck as Myers was attempting to find an outlet pass to start a zone exit. While Myers scanned his options, Wingels lined up Myers, who dished the puck down below the goal line before being walloped into the boards by Wingels. After the jolt, Myers retaliated with a crosscheck that caught Wingels in side of the neck:
Myers initially headed to the penalty box but was then escorted out of the game and sent for an early shower as the officials handed him a major penalty for crosschecking and a game misconduct. As for Wingels, he was able to get back to his feet and skate off under his own power. He remained in the game and took two shifts late in the game with San Jose holding a two-goal lead.
Myers has two previous suspensions to his name and both were three-gamers during his time with the Buffalo Sabres. The first came in March 2012 after Myers boarded Scott Gomez, and Myers’ most recent suspension happened in January 2014 following a high hit on Dainius Zubrus.
Whether or not the league determines that Myers needs supplemental discipline is to be seen, but that Myers was booted from a one-goal game in the third period may be deemed punishment enough. If the league does decide to suspend Myers, though, that Wingels was able to remain in the game could help lessen the length of the ban.
The Jets host the Nashville Predators Thursday, and Myers will know his fate before then.