TORONTO, ONTARIO – New York Rangers captain Mark Messier has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a spearing incident during NHL Game #1124 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, March 21 at Mellon Arena.
Messier, who collected an assist on Josh Green's first period goal, was assessed a match penalty under Rule 52(a) - Deliberate Injury of an Opponent - at 6:13 of the second period after delivering a spear to Pittsburgh defenseman Martin Strbak.
Messier will miss New York's next two games - a rematch with the Penguins on Tuesday, March 23 at Madison Square Garden and their second meeting of the season vs. Nashville on Thursday, March 25 at The Garden. He will be eligible to return on March 27 at Philadelphia.
The 43-year old center ranks second on the Rangers with 42 points this season (17 goals, 25 assists) in 75 games.