Ducks' Vermette ejected after hitting official with stick

Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette was ejected from Tuesday's 1-0 win over the Minnesota Wild after slashing an official.

The incident occurred following a faceoff at the 12:27 mark of the third period. After losing the draw, Vermette apparently became upset with the way linesman Shandor Alphonso dropped the puck and extended his stick to make contact with the official's back.

Vermette - a Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks - was issued a game misconduct for abuse of an official. It is likely he will face a suspension from the NHL, depending on how the league rules.

If officials file the play under "physical abuse of official," Vermette could receive an automatic ban of three, 10 or 20 games based on the category of severity that's assigned -- I, II or III. Category I carries the harshest suspension of at least 20 games.

In the only other case this season, Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo was suspended three games after shoving an official during a game in January.

Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman was given a 20-game suspension last season for knocking linesman Don Henderson to the ice.

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