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Canucks' O'Brien suspended for one game

Thursday, 11.05.2009 / 12:19 PM / News

NHL.com

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Shane O'Brien has been suspended for one game, without pay, for an incident against the New York Rangers on Nov. 3.

At 4:21 of the third period, O'Brien's stick made contact with the Rangers' Sean Avery, while both were on their respective players' benches. No penalty was assessed at the time of the incident.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, O'Brien will forfeit $8,290.16. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

O'Brien will miss Thursday's game at Minnesota and be eligible to return Nov. 6 at Dallas.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory