Leafs forward Lupul suspended two games for illegal check to Tampa's Hedman

 

 
 
 
 
TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 20: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads up ice with the puck in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 20, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 20: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads up ice with the puck in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 20, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Photograph by: Claus Andersen, Getty Images

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TORONTO -- The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul for two games following his head to the head of Tampa Bay defenceman Victor Hedman.

The incident occurred 45 seconds into the third period of Toronto's 4-2 win Wednesday night. Lupul received a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check when he hit Hedman in the head after the defenceman passed the puck in the neutral zone.

It was just Lupul's second game back after missing 25 contests with a broken arm.

He scored three goals in those two games.

Lupul will forfeit US$45,945.94 in salary. He has no history of supplemental discipline in his nine-year career.

Hedman briefly left the game but returned and suffered no apparent injury.

 
 
 
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TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 20: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads up ice with the puck in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 20, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
 

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 20: Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs heads up ice with the puck in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 20, 2013 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Photograph by: Claus Andersen, Getty Images

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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