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Flyers' Shelley suspended two games

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 11:21 AM / News

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Flyers' Shelley suspended two games
Philadelphia Flyers' Jody Shelley suspended for two games.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Jody Shelley has been suspended for two games and fined by the NHL for his hit on Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid on Saturday.

Shelley was given a five-minute major for checking from behind and a game misconduct 5:08 into the second period after shoving McQuaid while both players were racing for the puck. McQuaid, who just missed hitting the boards head-first, remained on the ice for several minutes before finally being helped off by teammates.

Shelley will forfeit $11,827.96 in salary, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

"I mean, I kind of got my hands up, braced myself a little bit, so it ended up not being as bad as I guess it could have been," McQuaid told reporters after the game.

Shelley apologized to McQuaid at the time of the incident and in the hallway outside the dressing rooms. The 24-year-old defenseman did return to the ice in the third period.

"You know, he was saying to me, I could hear him on the ice saying that he didn't mean to, so I guess, I'm not sure if maybe I don't know if he hit a rut or what happened, but he was saying he didn’t mean to," McQuaid said. "When I was coming off the ice, (Shelley) was waiting for me there. He said he was sorry and he didn’t mean to, so I just kind of got to take what he says."

McQuaid said he was a little sore and stiff, but reiterated to reporters after the game that it was not a head injury.

"They did a few tests and I got checked out and everything," he said.

Shelley will miss games Tuesday against Pittsburgh and Wednesday against Montreal. He'll be able to return to the lineup against the Rangers on Dec. 18 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
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