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The NHL suspended Wild blueliner Ryan Suter 2 games Wednesday for his elbow to the head of Penguins winger Steve Downie. It was Suter's first disciplinary incident, but the headshot was blatant enough to merit the punishment.
The NHL department of player safety suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter two games for a flagrant elbow to the head of Penguins right winger Steve Downie Tuesday. Suter will forfeit $81,058.72, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Suter had no previous disciplinariy incidents, but the video evidence is clear and damning. If there is any good news to come out of the suspension, it's that the games Suter will miss come against two of the league's weaker teams: He'll miss Minnesota's games against Buffalo Thursday and Arizona Saturday, and will be eligible to return to action Monday against Columbus.