Dallas Star banned for two games

CHRIS STEVENSON AND SUN WIRES

, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

The NHL has suspended Dallas Stars forward James Neal two games for a boarding infraction that injured the Columbus Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett.

Neal will miss games against New Jersey and Carolina.

Neal also will forfeit $8,515 US in salary, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Neal hit Dorsett from behind at 13:01 of the second period in Thursday's 4-1 loss. Dorsett was dazed after striking his head on the boards, and Neal was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Donovan done?

OTTAWA -- Shean Donovan will get an idea today when he'll be able to resume his NHL career.

The Senators veteran winger can only hope he gets the chance.

Donovan suffered a potentially career-threatening knee injury on a knee-on-knee hit by Penguins agitator Matt Cooke late in Thursday night's 6-2 win and could be lost for the rest of the season.

Senators GM Bryan Murray said he was upset by the hit which saw Cooke stick out his right knee and catch Donovan's right knee in the neutral-zone collision with 4:23 left in the game.

Murray spoke to NHL executive VP and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell yesterday, but Murray said he did not expect there to be any supplementary discipline. Cooke was not penalized on the play.

Peart to record theme

Rush's Neil Peart is recording another version of "The Hockey Theme" for TSN.

The legendary drummer will be following Simple Plan and the Barenaked Ladies, who also recorded reinterpretations of the iconic song.

The theme, originally composed by Dolores Claman in 1968, was best known as the music that opened CBC's Hockey Night in Canada for 40 years.

But CTV nabbed the rights to the tune in 2008 and it now accompanies hockey broadcasts on its TSN and RDS channels.

Peart's version of the song will be played on NHL broadcasts later this season.


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