Zemgus Girgensons had only 14 penalty minutes as a rookie. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Zemgus Girgensons suspended for spearing at world championship

Zemgus Girgensons, dirty player?

Not really. The Buffalo Sabres center showcased a clean game during his rookie season in 2013-14, accumulating only 14 penalty minutes in 70 contests. But the IIHF has suspended Girgensons one world championship game for spearing Alexander Burmistrov in Latvia’s 4-1 loss to Russia on Friday.

Check out the video below. Girgensons, umm, got Burmistrov pretty good.

The 20-year-old must sit out Latvia’s tilt against host Belarus on Monday. Latvia’s 3-2, good for third place in Pool B.

In other world championship news, Sabres winger Cody Hodgson has a tournament-high six goals in five games for Team Canada. Hodgson’s playing left wing beside Toronto center Nazem Kadri and Washington’s Troy Brouwer, according to the Canadian Press’ Stephen Whyno.

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