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Devils' Tootoo ejected for cross-checking Islanders' Boychuk

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Jordin Tootoo (Jana Chytilova/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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Devils' Tootoo ejected for cross-checking Islanders' Boychuk

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New Jersey Devils right winger Jordin Tootoo was issued a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of a 1-0 Isles win.

Jordin Tootoo has a history of playing close to the edge, but he was deemed to have crossed it Friday night. The New Jersey Devils right winger was issued a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of a 1-0 Isles win. Tootoo sent Boychuk into the end boards after making contact with the blueliner just as the two players skated beyond the goal line at the 15-minute mark of the second period. Boychuk left the ice favoring his upper body. He was playing his eighth game since sustaining a shoulder injury on Dec. 31. Boychuk sat out the rest of the period, returning to action in the third, while Tootoo was ejected. There is no word yet from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety about a possible hearing, but Tootoo has a history of receiving supplemental discipline from the NHL. Tootoo was fined twice this season – once for tripping then Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones in October and then for a diving infraction in January. He has been suspended twice times during his NHL career when he was with the Predators – five games for sucker punching defenseman Stephane Robidas in March 2007 and two games for charging goaltender Ryan Miller in December 2011. These suspensions, however, would not classify Tootoo as a repeat offender. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, a repeater status for suspensions “shall be re-determined every 18 months on a rolling basis."  
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Devils' Tootoo ejected for cross-checking Islanders' Boychuk