TORONTO - Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Gerber received an automatic three-game suspension from the NHL on Wednesday for abusing referee Mike Leggo.
Gerber was tossed with 56 seconds remaining in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over the Washington Capitals after he pushed Leggo and shot a puck in his direction.
The actions violated rule 41.4, which calls for an automatic ban.
Gerber was incensed after Brooks Laich's controversial goal made it 2-2. The Capitals forward stuffed the puck under Gerber, prompting the angry Toronto goalie to protest.
Gerber will miss Friday's game at Buffalo, March 28 against Boston and April 1 against Philadelphia. He's eligible to return April 3 when the Leafs visit the Flyers.