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Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos suspended three games by NHL @NHL

TORONTO - Tom Kostopoulos is going to be out of the Montreal Canadiens lineup for the next week.

The NHL has suspended the Habs forward three games for his check on Toronto's Mike Van Ryn. Kostopoulos received a five-minute boarding penalty and game misconduct during Toronto's 6-3 win Saturday when he rammed Van Ryn from behind while the Leafs defenceman retrieved the puck in the corner.

Van Ryn stayed on the ice for several minutes and suffered a concussion, broken nose and broken bone in his hand.

He's expected to be out for at least a month.

Kostopoulos will forfeit almost US$33,000 in salary and will miss games against Ottawa, Boston and Philadelphia.

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