forward Alexei Ponikarovsky
has been suspended for the final two games of the regular season for a hit from behind Thursday against the New York Islanders
Early in the third period, Islander center Josh Bailey
turned to play a puck in the Pittsburgh end. Ponikarovsky came directly from behind on Bailey and cross-checked him into the boards.
Ponikarovsky was given a major for boarding and a game misconduct. Bailey was able to skate off under his own power, but did not return. Earlier in the game, he scored his 16th goal of the season.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ponikarovsky will forfeit $21,813.48. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Ponikarovsky will miss Saturday's game at Atlanta and Sunday's game at the Islanders.