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Canucks' Edler suspended two games for charging

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Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler has been suspended for two games, without pay, for charging Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith during NHL Game No. 450 in Phoenix on Thursday, March 21, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 18:17 of the second period. Edler was assessed a five-minute major for charging (Rule 42).

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Edler will forfeit $35,135.14. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

For a full explanation of the Department of Player Safety’s decision, complete with video, please click on the following link: http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=60&id=226102.

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