The incident took place in Sunday's 4-0 Lightning win.
Columbus' Dalton Prout suspended one game for a punch to an unsuspecting opponent, Tampa's Nikita Kucherov. Video: https://t.co/bRkwG6phgX
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 15, 2016
In the second period, Blue Jackets' captain Nick Foligno collided with Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, knocking him to the ground. A scrum ensued behind the goal, with Kucherov restraining Foligno. Prout then skated in and issued a blindside hit to Kucherov's head. In a video describing the suspension, NHL Player Safety labeled Prout's hit as a "punch to an unsuspecting opponent."
Kucherov left the game and did not return. Prout was assessed a two-minute minor for roughing and was given a game misconduct. Kucherov also received a two-minute roughing minor for grabbing Foligno.