TORONTO – The National Hockey League announced Monday that Montreal Canadiens forward Georges Laraque has been suspended for five games, without pay for an incident that took place during NHL game #315 against the Detroit Red Wings on November 21.
At 8:52 of the first period, Laraque was involved in an incident where he deliberately extended his knee and, through his actions, caused an injury to Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall. Laraque was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.
“Mr. Laraque's actions were dangerous and caused a significant injury to his opponent," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
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