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Dallas Stars forward James Neal given two-game suspension from NHL

TORONTO - Dallas Stars forward James Neal has been suspended two games for hitting Derek Dorsett of the Columbus Blue Jackets from behind.

The NHL handed down the ban on Friday.

Neal was assessed a major penalty for boarding and given a game misconduct Thursday after slamming into Dorsett, who crumpled to the ice and appeared dazed.

The 22-year-old Neal will will forfeit US$8,515 in salary and is eligible to return Nov. 26 at Colorado.

It's the first suspension of his NHL career.

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