NEW YORK - The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas two games for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

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Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat, left, reaches for the puck after a collision with Philadelphia Flyers' Radko Gudas during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Tampa Bay Lightning's Ondrej Palat, left, reaches for the puck after a collision with Philadelphia Flyers' Radko Gudas during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NEW YORK - The NHL has suspended Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Radko Gudas two games for high-sticking Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

The incident occurred at 15:52 of the third period of Tampa Bay's 5-2 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Gudas had his stick up as he muscled the dangerous Lightning forward off the puck, and when he brought it down he hit Kucherov in the head with a two-handed swipe.

In a video explaining the discipline, the NHL Department of Player Safety said the high-stick wasn't particularly violent or forceful. However, a suspension was considered warranted because it was intentional and Gudas is considered repeat offender under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the NHL Players' Association.

Gudas will forfeit US$81,707.32 in salary and will be eligible to return to action when the Flyers host Buffalo on Tuesday.