The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers defenseman Dale Purinton has been suspended for three games, without pay, for punching New York Islanders forward Jason Blake in a game on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 at Madison Square Garden. The incident occurred at 19:26 of the third period. The defenseman was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a misconduct penalty.
Purinton, who was suspended for seven games for an incident in October, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The 6-3, 226-pounder will miss the Rangers' next three games -- Wednesday, February 6 at Detroit, Friday, February 8 at Atlanta and Sunday, February 10 vs. Pittsburgh.