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NHL suspends Shane O’Brien two games for high-sticking Stephen Weiss

Jan 14, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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Joshua Cooper reports that the NHL decided to suspend Nashville Predators defenseman Shane O’Brien two games for a high-sticking infraction on Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss.

(You can find (grainy) video of the high-stick here.)

This means that the rugged defenseman won’t be able to appear in a home-and-home series against the Chicago Blackhawks this weekend. Considering O’Brien’s roots with the Vancouver Canucks – a hated rival of the Hawks – and the thin margin between Chicago and Nashville, this could be a tough loss for the Predators.

O’Brien scored two goals and five assists for seven points with a -8 rating and 41 penalty minutes in 43 games this season with Nashville.

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