Panthers D Kulikov suspended 4 games

New York, NY ( - The National Hockey League on Monday handed down a four-game suspension to Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov for his actions during Friday's game in Dallas.

Kulikov was given a major for clipping and a game misconduct in the latter stages of the Stars' 2-0 win over the Panthers after he leveled Stars forward Tyler Seguin with an illegal, low check which caused a lower-body injury.

Seguin, who was tied for third place in the league with 59 points, was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Kulikov will forfeit $93,189.96 in salary which automatically goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The 24-year-old has already served one game of the suspension, having sat out Florida's contest against St. Louis on Sunday. Kulikov will be eligible to return for the Panthers' game at Pittsburgh on Feb. 22.