Islanders’ McDonald Suspended 2 Games For ‘Reckless’ Hit
Islanders CentralShop for Islanders Gear
Buy Islanders Tickets
NEW YORK SPORTS HEADLINES
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The NHL on Wednesday suspended New York Islanders forward Colin McDonald for two games after a boarding incident involving Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy on Tuesday.
In the Islanders’ 4-1 win at the Consol Energy Center, McDonald was issued a boarding penalty and a game misconduct for his hit on Lovejoy at the 18:54 mark of the second period. The penalty was served by Keith Aucoin.
“While we accept McDonald’s assertion that there was no malicious intent on this hit, it still remains a reckless and dangerous play,” said NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan.
Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, McDonald will lose $7,567.56 in salary. The funds will be sent to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
McDonald, a right wing, has two points and 19 minutes in penalties for the Islanders, who are off to a 3-2-1 start. New York will take on the New Jersey Devils in Newark on Thursday night.
Did he deserve the suspension? Let us know in the comments…
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)