Following a hearing with the NHL on Friday Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler learned that has been suspended two games by the league following an incident that occurred during the Canucks’ 2-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena Thursday night.

During the second period of the game Edler ran into Coyotes netminder Mike Smith behind his net. A melee followed after the hit, and Edler was dealt a five-minute charging major on the play.  The suspension will cost  Edler approximately $35,135.14 in salary for the two-games.

“Rather than attempt to minimize or avoid contact, Edler takes a direct route through Smith, making contact with his head,” NHL discipline boss Brendan Shanahan said in a video explanation.

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett  explained in an interview on Friday that Smith was dealing with a headache after second period. Smith finished the second period, but did not return for the third frame.  Smith, has a concussion history, and underwent testing from doctors Friday morning.

“Last time I looked the league was trying to protect the goaltenders a lot more than that. The league will look after it. Obviously we thought it was a tough hit against Smith,” said Tippett. “We just hope he gets back quick because we’re in a tough playoff race.”


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