Flyers forward Danny Briere suspended three games for cross-check

TORONTO – Philadelphia Flyers forward Danny Briere was suspended three games Monday for cross-checking New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen in the head.

The incident happened with one minute to play in the third period of Saturday’s 6-1 victory by the Flyers.

Briere and Nielsen exchanged some words before taking a faceoff and Briere delivered the cross-check once the puck was dropped. He was assessed a five-minute major for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct.

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As a repeat offender, the veteran will forfeit US$237,804.87 in salary.

The teams are scheduled to play one another again in Long Island on Saturday—the final game of Briere’s suspension.