NHL suspends Canes' Jeff Skinner for two games

calexander@newsobserver.comMarch 16, 2012 

— Carolina Hurricane forward has been suspended for two games by the NHL for kicking forward Scott Nichol of the St. Louis Blues during Thursday's game at PNC Arena.

Skinner is suspended without pay and must forfeit $9,729.92. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The play happened in the final minute of the second period. Skinner was hit along the boards by Nichol. Skinner went down to the ice, then used the blade of his right skate to kick at Nichol.

No penalty was called on the play. The Canes won 2-0 as Skinner, the Calder Trophy winner last year, scored his 20th goal of the season.

The suspension was announced Friday night by Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's senior vice president for player safety and hockey operations.

The Hurricanes are playing back-to-back road games, today against the Minnesota Wild and Sunday against the Winnipeg Jets.

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