NHL Notes: Isles' McDonald suspended

NHL Notes: Isles' McDonald suspended
January 31, 2013, 9:00 am
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Islanders winger Colin McDonald was suspended two games by the NHL for boarding Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy during New York's 4-1 win on Tuesday night.

McDonald received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play and will forfeit $7,567.56 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Lovejoy was not injured on the play and jumped up relatively quickly after the hit.

McDonald will miss the Islanders' next two games -- a home-and-home series with the Devils. He is eligible to return to New York's lineup on Feb. 5, when the Isles take on the Penguins.

The 28-year-old has one goal, two assists and 19 penalty minutes in 13 career games between the Oilers, Penguins and Islanders.

Kaleta out of hospital
Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, who suffered a hard hit from behind by Maple Leafs forward Mike Brown on Tuesday, was released from a Buffalo hospital on Wednesday.

According to the Buffalo News, Kaleta will not travel to Boston for the Sabres' Thursday night matchup with the Bruins.

Coach Lindy Ruff said Kaleta was being checked for neck problems. There is no timetable yet for Kaleta's return.

Smith could return this weekend
Coyotes netminder Mike Smith might be able to return to action this weekend, according to Phoenix head coach Dave Tippett (via ProHockeyTalk).

“I’d be surprised if he’s not ready by the weekend,” Tippett said.

The 30-year-old suffered a lower-body injury against the Blue Jackets on Jan. 23.

In two losses this season, Smith has allowed 10 goals.

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