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Isles' Morency suspended for remainder of pre-season and five regular season games

Monday, 09.21.2009 / 4:33 PM / News

NHL.com

TORONTO -- New York Islanders' forward Pascal Morency has been suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and five regular season games as the result of a game misconduct penalty in a pre-season game against the Calgary Flames, September 17, the National Hockey League announced today. 

At 5:35 of the second period, Morency was assessed a Game Misconduct under Rule 70.2 for leaving his players' bench on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation.  The rule states:

Legal Line Change – A player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 29 – Supplementary Discipline.

Morency, who has already served two games of the suspension, will miss the remaining three games on the Islanders' pre-season schedule (Sept. 22 vs. Los Angeles and Sept. 23 and 29 against New Jersey) as well as five regular season games. 
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