NHL sticks it to Emery

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:55 PM ET

Ray Emery is going to pay the price for swinging his stick.

The Senators goaltender was handed a three-game suspension yesterday by NHL VP Colin Campbell for slashing Montreal Canadiens winger Maxim Lapierre Saturday in 5-3 victory at the Bell Centre. Emery was assessed a minor penalty on the play. Lapierre was not hurt.

Emery had a telephone hearing with Campbell prior to practice. Senators coach Bryan Murray wasn't happy with the decision by the league to have a hearing, because he said Emery had been run four times by the Habs.

"We, as coaches want our players to drive, the net. I don't think hitting our goaltender should be tolerated in our league," said Senators coach Bryan Murray. "I understand the league's position, but it has to be frustrating for a player when he's getting hit in the crease."

He will be eligible to return Feb. 22 at Buffalo.

Emery will forfeit nearly US$15,000 in salary, which goes to the players’ emergency assistance fund.


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