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Morrissey suspended one game, out for Jets in Game 5

Defenseman disciplined for cross-checking Wild center Staal

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Josh Morrissey has been suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

The Winnipeg Jets defenseman was disciplined for cross-checking Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal in the first period of Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round on Wednesday.

Morrissey will not be eligible for Game 5 at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N). The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 3-1.

The incident occurred at 16:38 of the first period. There was no penalty assessed on the play; Staal returned to the game.

Video: Morrissey suspended one game for cross-checking

Winnipeg played Game 4 without injured defensemen Toby Enstrom (lower body), Dmitry Kulikov (lower body) and Tyler Myers (lower body). Speaking before the suspension was announced, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice did not say what lineup changes could be made.

"We might have to flip some people from left to right," Maurice told the Jets website, "but we don't spend a lot of time talking about an injury. We look at this as just an injury. We've handled it [before]."

Morrissey has one assist in the series averaging 20:12 of ice time per game. He had 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 81 games during the regular season.

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