Penguins' Godard likely to face 10-game suspension


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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Penguins enforcer Eric Godard likely is facing a 10-game suspension.

Godard appeared to leave the bench to intervene when he saw New York Islanders tough guy Micheal Haley charge up the ice toward Penguins goalie Brent Johnson during the third period of the Islanders' 9-3 victory at Nassau Coliseum Friday night.

Rule 70.10 mandates that the first player leaving the bench during an altercation, or with the intent of starting an altercation, shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 games.

Also, coach Dan Bylsma is suspended automatically, pending a review by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. He can be fined a maximum of $10,000.

Godard was assessed a double game misconduct and a double roughing minor after his run-in with Haley.


Dave Molinari: dmolinari@post-gazette.com .


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