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NHL suspends two in Penguins-Lightning series

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay's Steve Downie and Pittsburgh's Chris Kunitz each have been suspended one game for hits they delivered during Game 3 of their first-round NHL playoff series.

The league announced Tuesday that Downie was banned for Game 4 for leaving his feet and launching himself at the head of Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy in the first period of the Lightning's 3-2 loss Monday night. Kunitz elbowed Tampa Bay's Simon Gagne in the head later in the period.

The suspensions will be served Wednesday night. The Penguins have a 2-1 series lead.

A delayed penalty was going to be assessed on Downie's hit, however the Penguins wound up scoring on Maxime Talbot's goal before the Lightning regained possession of the puck.

Kunitz drew a minor penalty for elbowing Gagne about five minutes later.

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