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Rangers' Byers suspended one game

Wednesday, 11.04.2009 / 3:08 PM / News

New York Rangers forward Dane Byers has been suspended for one game and coach John Tortorella has been fined for an incident in the third period of Tuesday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

Byers was given an instigator penalty with 1:10 left in the third period of the Rangers' 4-1 loss. Pursuant to NHL Rule 47.22, a player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final five minutes of a game is subject to an automatic one-game suspension. Byers will miss Thursday's game at Edmonton.

Tortorella was fined $10,000 as well, as the rule states that the offending player's coach is subject to that automatic penalty.

The players' suspension money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund while the coach's fine goes to the NHL Foundation.
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