Ekman-Larsson left the game after being driven into the boards by MacKenzie. No penalty was called on the play, but MacKenzie was immediately engaged by Phoenix's Keith Yandle in a fight at 8:52 of the first period.
The Coyotes later announced that Ekman-Larsson would not return to the game with an upper-body injury.
BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Bruins issued the following statement on Tuesday, December 24 in regards to Commissioner Bettman's decision to uphold the 15 game suspension that the NHL Department of Player Safety issued to Bruins forward Shawn Thornton on December 14.
Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli's statement:
"We respect the process including the ability to attend the hearing with Commissioner Bettman in support of Shawn. At this time, we will decline comment until the process is complete and Shawn has exhausted all rights available to him."
NEW YORK -- Commissioner Gary Bettman today upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton by the Department of Player Safety for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent, Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins, in NHL Game No. 438 at Boston on Dec. 7.
Commissioner Bettman heard Thornton's appeal at a hearing in New York on Friday, Dec. 20. The original decision was assessed Dec. 14.
The incident occurred at 11:06 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a match penalty for violating NHL Rule 46.15.
NEW YORK -- Edmonton Oilers defenseman Corey Potter has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Anaheim Ducks forward Nick Bonino during NHL Game No. 504 in Anaheim on Sunday, Dec. 15, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 5:40 of the second period. Potter was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind.
Based on his average annual salary, Potter will forfeit $7,948.72. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.