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Penguins F Ponikarovsky suspended 2 games by NHL @NHLdotcom

TORONTO (AP) -The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky for the final two regular-season games for a hit during a contest against the New York Islanders.

Ponikarovsky received a major penalty for boarding after a hit on Josh Bailey in the third period of the Penguins' 7-3 win Thursday night. Bailey was injured on the play.

Ponikarovsky also received a game misconduct. He will forfeit $21,813.48 in salary.

The Penguins are tied with the New Jersey Devils for first place in the Atlantic Division. They have games against Atlanta on Saturday and the Islanders on Sunday.

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