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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. 

It's hard to walk into that locker room and look those guys in the eye when they've played -- clearly, that was our best game we've played in the series -- and I thought we deserved a better fate tonight.

— Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's 3-2 loss to the Canadiens in Game 3 on Sunday