TORONTO (AP) -The NHL says it has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Brent Burns for two games for careless use of his stick against Panthers forward Steve Bernier at the end of Friday night's game at Florida.
The NHL ban was handed down to Burns on Saturday. He will lose $38,172 in salary and will be forced to sit out games against Tampa Bay on Sunday and Anaheim on Wednesday. He is eligible to return when Minnesota faces Detroit next Friday.
Bernier took a stick to the face and sustained a cut on his cheekbone, below the eye. Burns was given a penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.
"I don't know how it happened. I saw he was bleeding," Burns said Friday. "He just came at me, and maybe my glove got him, I don't know."