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Capitals' Erskine suspended three games for elbowing

Saturday, 02.02.2013 / 7:01 PM / News

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Capitals' Erskine suspended three games for elbowing
Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine has been suspended for three games for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds on Friday, February 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

NEW YORK -- Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine has been suspended for three games for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds in NHL Game No. 101 in Washington on Friday, February 1, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Erskine will forfeit $24,324.33. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 18:09 of the first period.

For a full explanation of the decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=198236

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