NHL Suspends Pens Forward Eric Godard For Ten Games

The NHL announced suspensions resulting from Friday night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.

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The Pens' Eric Godard will be suspended for ten games. That is a rule and automatic suspension. Pens head coach Dan Bylsma was absolved from further disciplinary action.

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For the Islanders, Trevor Gillies was suspended for nine games. Gillies hit Pens forward Eric Tangradi in the head and then, when Tangradi was down, Gillies continued to attack him. Once restrained and moved off the rink, Gillies remained in the hallway and verbally taunted Tangradi. Tangradi has suffered a concussion and will be out of the lineup for Sunday’s game and likely longer.

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The Isles Matt Martin earned a four-game suspension when he cowardly attempted to sucker-punch Maxime Talbot from behind.

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The Islanders team was also fined $100,000 for failing to control their players. The Penguins were not fined.

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To replace Godard and Tangradi, the Pens have recalled forward Tim Wallace from WB/S of the AHL. Forward Chris Conner, a healthy scratch last game, is expected to be back in the lineup.

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