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New York Islanders’ Colin McDonald Suspended for Hit on Pittsburgh Penguins Ben Lovejoy

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New York Islanders forward, Colin McDonald, had a hearing before the NHL‘s Department of Player Safety earlier today and received supplemental discipline for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy during last night’s game at the CONSOL Energy Center.

McDonald was given a two-game suspension as well as fined $7,567.56 based on his average annual salary and under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

The hit on Lovejoy came within the final minutes of the second period at which time McDonald received a five-minute boarding major as well as a game misconduct penalties.  Lovejoy appeared to be slow getting up from the hit, but returned to play in the third period for the remainder of the game.  No injuries to either player have been reported.

The Penguins ultimately lost the game to the Islanders by a score of 4-1 with their only goal coming late in the third period.

McDonald will miss back-to-back games against the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 31 and Feb. 3 (one played away and the other played at home, respectively) and will be eligible to return to the Islander’s lineup on Feb. 5, ironically, against the Penguins.

He was previously signed to a one-year contract with the Penguins back in July 2011 before signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders this past off-season in July 2012.

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