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Islanders’ McDonald Suspended 2 Games For ‘Reckless’ Hit

(credit: Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

(credit: Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

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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.

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