Kings' Gauthier suspended for two games

by NHL.com
TORONTO (February 21, 2009) -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Denis Gauthier has been suspended for two games, without pay, as a result of an incident  during NHL Game #870, Feb. 19 against the San Jose Sharks, the National Hockey League announced.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Gauthier will forfeit $22,580.64. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Gauthier was assessed a minor for boarding after making contact with Sharks’ forward Patrick Marleau on an icing play at 10:14 of the third period. There was no injury as a result of the play.

Gauthier will miss games against Phoenix on Feb. 21 and at Minnesota on Feb. 24. He will be eligible to return on Feb. 25 at Philadelphia.