Toronto - The National Hockey League on Monday suspended Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere three games for an incident during last Saturday's game with the New York Islanders.
Briere was given a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct in the final minute of the third period during a 6-1 Flyers victory after hitting Islanders forward Frans Nielsen with his stick after a face-off. Nielsen himself was given a 10-minute misconduct on the play.
"Honestly, I'm shocked," Briere said. "I didn't think I would get more than, after everything else, all of the suspensions that have been handed out the last couple of years and this year. Honestly, I didn't think I was going to get a game. Then I thought, 'ok, yes, I am a repeat offender, they'll probably give me a game because of it.' I'm shocked that it was more than a game."
The 33-year-old Quebec native, who leads the club with six goals and has also posted eight points in 11 games, will not be eligible to return until Sunday's contest in Washington.
He will miss Monday's home game with Carolina, Thursday's home contest against the Rangers and Saturday's tilt at the New York Islanders.