Penguins defenceman Chris Letang skates in front of Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alta., Oct. 9, 2011. (PERRY NELSON/QMI Agency)
Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Kris Letang was suspended two games Tuesday for an incident Monday against the Winnipeg Jets.
Letang hit Jets forward Alex Burmistrov into the boards from behind during the third period. He was given a minor penalty for boarding.
Even though Burmistrov was not hurt on the play, NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan felt the hit warranted a ban.
"In our opinion Burmistrov's path to the puck is predictable and there are no sudden movements just prior or simultaneous with the hit," Shanahan said in announcing the reasons for the suspension. "In spite of the fact that Letang is looking at Burmistrov in the numbers, he finishes his check hard and with authority and fails to minimize the check. The onus is on Letang to avoid the hit entirely or at the very least minimize the contact. (Also) Letang has recently been fined for a similar infraction."
The suspension will cost Letang nearly $38,000 in salary. He sat out Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Wild and will also miss Thursday's game against the Montreal Canadiens in Pittsburgh.
BRODEUR VISITS DOC
New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur missed Tuesday's practice to see a doctor about his bang-up right shoulder.
Brodeur was hurt during the Devils' 2-1 shootout win over the Los Angeles Kings Thursday and didn't play against the Nashville Predators on Saturday. He was expected to be ready in time to start Friday against the San Jose Sharks but that might not be the case now.
"It would just be an uneducated guess right now, so I'm not even going to go there," Devils coach Peter DeBoer told ESPN New York, adding that it is "possible" Brodeur could dress for the game against the Sharks.
In case Brodeur can't dress, the Devils called up goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Albany of the AHL Tuesday.
NAIL-ED IT DOWN
Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov, one of the top prospects for the 2012 NHL draft, was named CHL player of the week Tuesday.
Yakupov had two goals and eight assists in four games for the Sting, all wins. He leads the OHL with 18 assists in 10 games.
The 18-year-old from Russia was the CHL rookie of the year in 2010-11 and is considered one of the early leaders to go No. 1 in the NHL draft.
The Anaheim Ducks sent defenceman Nate Guenin and winger Patrick Maroon to Syracuse of the AHL. Guenin played in a pair of games with the Ducks while Maroon didn't play during his abbreviated two-day stint with the team ... The Pittsburgh Penguins called up defenceman Brian Strait from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. Strait has a goal and three assists in five games with WBS this season ... A day after sending him down, the Washington Capitals called up goalie Dany Sabourin from Hershey of the AHL. Sabourin backed up Tomas Vokoun against the Florida Panthers.