New York Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton suspended two games for hit

TORONTO – New York Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton was suspended two games Wednesday after leaving Pittsburgh’s Pascal Dupuis bloodied with a hit from behind.

Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding after hammering Dupuis with less than three minutes to play in New York’s 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

He expressed remorse after the game.

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“I feel awful,” Sutton told Newsday. “I played with Pascal for a long time (in Minnesota and Atlanta) and I obviously never intended that to happen.”

Sutton will forfeit more than US$31,000 in salary because of the suspension. He’s eligible to return to the Islanders lineup on Jan. 26 against Washington.