NEW YORK, N.Y. - Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson was given a two-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for abusive comments he made following New York's overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Thompson was assessed a game misconduct after the Rangers beat the Islanders with a power-play goal by Marian Gaborik.
The NHL said in a statement that Thompson will miss the next two games because of "inappropriate and abusive comments" he directed at on-ice officials.
The Rangers received the only three power plays in the game and converted on the last one seconds after a penalty was called when defenceman Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he drove to the net.
Thompson will miss a home game against Washington on Saturday and a game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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