Canadiens forward Lapierre suspended four games for hit on Sharks’ Nichol

TORONTO – Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended for four games, the NHL announced Friday.

The suspension stems from Lapierre’s late hit on Sharks forward Scott Nichol in Montreal’s 3-2 loss Thursday night in San Jose. Early in the third period, Nichol hit the post for San Jose before being driven to the boards by Lapierre. Nichol was down for a few moments before getting up and yelling at the officials and Lapierre, while holding his right shoulder.

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Nichol did not return to the game and no penalty was assessed on the play.

Lapierre will forfeit US$14,248.72, with money going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund. He will be eligible to return March 13 against Boston.