Erskine suspended 3 games for elbowing Simmonds

Erskine suspended 3 games for elbowing Simmonds
February 2, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Capitals defenseman John Erskine has been suspended three games for elbowing and delivering an illegal check to the head of Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds in the first period of Washington's 3-2 victory on Friday night.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Erskine will forfeit $24,324.33.

After Erskine delivered the elbow at the 18:09 mark of the first period, Simmonds tumbled backwards and appeared to strike his head on the ice. Simmonds also sustained a bloody nose from the blow.

No penalty was called on the play. Simmonds left the game and did not return. Through eight games this season, Simmonds is tied with Matt Read for the team-lead in points with five (two goals, three assists).

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren ruled Simmonds out for Saturday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes (see story).

"Wayne will not play in tonight's game because of head and neck injuries suffered in last night's game," Holmgren said. "He will be re-evaluated tomorrow."

During the Flyers' matchup with the Hurricanes, Holmgren confirmed between periods that Simmonds had suffered a concussion.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said the hit "looked dirty" following the Flyers' loss to the Caps.

Erskine, who is in his 12th NHL season, had no previous suspension history prior to Friday's incident. The 32-year-old has 12 goals, 46 assists and 777 penalty minutes in 429 career games.

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