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Comeau banned two games for boarding

Columbus forward had no previous history with league's player safety department

Wednesday, 03.12.2014 / 3:16 PM ET / News
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Comeau banned two games for boarding

Brendan Smith took exception to Blake Comeau's first-period boarding hit, cross-checking the Columbus forward in front of linesman Derek Amell Tuesday night. (Photo by Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- Columbus Blue Jackets forward Blake Comeau has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith during NHL Game No. 979 in Columbus on Tuesday, March 11, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 12:47 of the first period. Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Comeau will forfeit $10,256.42. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Smith, who wasn't injured on the play, was not available to the media after the game.

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