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Devils’ Tootoo ejected for cross-checking Islanders’ Boychuk

New Jersey Devils right winger Jordin Tootoo was issued a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of a 1-0 Isles win.

Jordin Tootoo has a history of playing close to the edge, but he was deemed to have crossed it Friday night.

The New Jersey Devils right winger was issued a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk in the second period of a 1-0 Isles win.

Tootoo sent Boychuk into the end boards after making contact with the blueliner just as the two players skated beyond the goal line at the 15-minute mark of the second period.

Boychuk left the ice favoring his upper body. He was playing his eighth game since sustaining a shoulder injury on Dec. 31. Boychuk sat out the rest of the period, returning to action in the third, while Tootoo was ejected.

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There is no word yet from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety about a possible hearing, but Tootoo has a history of receiving supplemental discipline from the NHL.

Tootoo was fined twice this season – once for tripping then Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones in October and then for a diving infraction in January.

He has been suspended twice times during his NHL career when he was with the Predators – five games for sucker punching defenseman Stephane Robidas in March 2007 and two games for charging goaltender Ryan Miller in December 2011.

These suspensions, however, would not classify Tootoo as a repeat offender. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, a repeater status for suspensions “shall be re-determined every 18 months on a rolling basis.”