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Isles’ McDonald suspended two games for boarding

Jan 30, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

The NHL has suspended New York Islanders right wing Colin McDonald two games for boarding Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy during New York’s 4-1 win on Wednesday night.

The incident occurred at 18:54 of the second period, and McDonald received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Here’s Sheriff Shanny with the video explanation:

Based on his average annual salary, McDonald will forfeit $7,567.56 to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

He’ll sit out the Isles’ next two games — a home-and-away series with New Jersey on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 — and will be eligible for return on Feb. 5, when New York hosts (you guessed it!) the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  1. bcisleman - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    No problem with the call on the ice or the suspension. My beef is that this hit by Phaneuf on JT deserved the same.

    Wonder if Nino will get a two game call up.

    • chibimike - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      Yeah, but he was really close to getting a 1 game or 9 game suspension.


      • chibimike - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM
  2. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Deserved 5 games

  3. ironcity6pak - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Like everyone says, if your going to give punishment to one better be the same for the other. Anyone recall the red wings game and he was only fined.

  4. bsqesq - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    My thought during the CBA negotiations was to put “supplemental player discipline” in the hands of the union. It always seems that players and fan alike are complaining about he supplemental discipline. By placing it in the hands of the union, the players who are the ones placing each other in danger would be held responsible for each others actions.

    If they thought McDonalds hit was clean, then so be it. If they thought it was in poor form, then his peers would suspend him.

    If someone like Rafi Torres, the old Matt Cooke, etc wanted to act like a jerk towards other players, then it would be up to the players to banish or not banish. They are the ones who will need to decide if they still want to play the game with an offending player.

    Additionally, no player could then complain that the punishments were not consistent, because it was the players who made the decisions.

  5. csilojohnson - Jan 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Ugly hit. He had no intention to play the puck at all. Good suspension.

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