Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol suspended five games

TORONTO – Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol has been suspended five games for his cross-check to the face of Montreal Canadiens defenceman Patrice Brisebois.

Nichol was assessed a double minor for highsticking at 16:40 of the second period of Saturday’s game against the Canadiens.

“The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous,” said Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, said in a statement Monday. “Although no serious injury resulted, the action is unacceptable.”

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Nichol, who was suspended nine games for an incident in December 2006, is a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $45,731.70 in salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (187).