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Five-game ban levied on Laraque

Dirty hit sidelined Wings' Kronwall for 4-8 weeks

Tuesday, 11.24.2009 / 8:36 AM / News
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Five-game ban levied on Laraque
The National Hockey League announced on Monday night that Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque has been suspended for five games without pay, and will forfeit $38,860.10 in salary for an incident that took place during a game against the Detroit Red Wings last Saturday.
The National Hockey League announced on Monday night that Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque has been suspended for five games without pay, and will forfeit $38,860.10 in salary for an incident that took place during a game against the Red Wings last Saturday.

At 8:52 of the first period, Laraque was involved in an incident where he deliberately extended his knee and, through his actions, caused an injury to Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Laraque was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play. 

"Mr. Laraque's actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent," said Colin Campbell, the NHL's senior executive vice president of hockey operations.

Laraque will miss Montreal's next five games – Nov. 24 against Columbus; Nov. 25 at Pittsburgh; Nov. 28 against Washington, Dec. 1 against Toronto and Dec. 3 at Buffalo. He will be eligible to return on Dec. 4 against the Boston Bruins.

Kronwall is expected to miss anywhere between four and eight weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee.

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