NHL slaps Oilers' Sutton
Washington's Nicklas Backstrom, back, scored in overtime to beat Anaheim Tuesday, 5-4. He celebrates with teammate Alex Ovechkin.
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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton was suspended for five games Tuesday by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
Sutton delivered an elbow to the head of Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog early in the third period of Edmonton's 3-1 victory Friday.
The Oilers defenseman was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing on the play.
"At the moment of impact, it's clear that the head is the principal point of contact and has been recklessly targeted," Shanahan said in a video on NHL.com that explains the suspension.
Shanahan and the department of player safety examined Sutton's disciplinary history while making its decision.
"We've also taken into consideration that although Sutton has played a physical game over his 14 years, he's been fined and suspended for various illegal checks," Shanahan said.
Sutton sat out Sunday's 4-2 win against the St. Louis Blues while the NHL made its decision. "For 14 years, I've always played the game with respect and integrity and I will continue to do so when I return."
Sutton will forfeit more than $57,000 in salary.
• Bruins 5, Senators 3: Johnny Boychuk and Daniel Paille scored 47 seconds apart to break a tie in the third period, as host Boston ended a three-game losing streak.
• Capitals 5, Ducks 4: Nicklas Backstrom scored the tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation, then added the winner at 2:18 of overtime to lift host Washington past Anaheim.
• Hurricanes 4, Lightning 2: Jeff Skinner and Chad LaRose had two goals each, lifting Carolina past visiting Tampa Bay. Skinner has six goals and 12 points in 12 games this season.
• Wild 2, Red Wings 1: Devin Setoguchi's power-play goal 1:33 into overtime gave visiting Minnesota a comeback win against Detroit. Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota.
• Sean Avery is back with the New York Rangers and might be in the lineup Thursday night. The other 29 teams passed on the noted agitator after he was placed on re-entry waivers. ... Rookie Ryan Johansen, the fourth overall pick in 2010, will stay with the Columbus Blue Jackets through the 10-game threshold, triggering his entry-level contract. ... New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is healthy and ready to return, but when he does is still to be determined.
First Published November 2, 2011 12:03 am