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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones suspended for two games

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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones suspended for two games

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TORONTO - Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones has been suspended two games for his hit on Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron over the weekend.NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell said Monday that he didn't believe Jones intended to injure Bergeron when he hammered him into the boards from behind, but that he did deliver a "hard check to a player who was in a vulnerable position."The Flyers have now had three players suspended in a little over a month. Steve Downie received a 20-game suspension for running Ottawa's Dean McAmmond in the pre-season while Jesse Boulerice was banned 25 games after cross-checking Vancouver's Ryan Kesler in the face three weeks ago.Campbell said the Jones hit shouldn't be compared to the ones delivered by his teammates."There have been suggestions by some that this hit was comparable to incidents earlier this season where players received significant game suspensions for blows to the head," Campbell said in a statement. "These comparisons and suggestions are wrong."Bergeron was knocked unconscious on the play and taken off the ice on a stretcher during the first period of Philadelphia's 2-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday. He suffered a concussion and a broken nose.The Flyers believe the injury was the only reason Jones was suspended."I'm disappointed," said Philadelphia GM Paul Holmgren. "I think it is a situation that we see - minus the injury to Patrice Bergeron - I think we see quite often."Jones, who received a boarding major for the hit, issued an apology moments after the incident.He will miss Thursday's game at Montreal and the Nov. 2 game at Washington. Jones will be eligible to return Nov. 5 when the Flyers visit the Rangers.This is the first time Jones has been suspended by the NHL. He's had just 75 penalty minutes in 109 career games.

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Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Randy Jones suspended for two games