NHL suspends Minnesota’s Derek Boogard five games for elbowing

TORONTO – Minnesota Wild forward Derek Boogaard has been suspended for five games without pay as a result of an elbowing incident during Friday’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Saturday.

Boogaard will forfeit US$23,521.50 of salary, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

At 18:48 of the third period, Boogaard delivered a blow to the head area of Calgary forward Brandon Prust. Prust was injured on the play and did not return to the game. Officials assessed Boogaard minor penalties for boarding and roughing on the play.

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Boogaard will miss Saturday night’s game at Edmonton. He’ll also miss the games March 3 against Vancouver, March 5 against San Jose, March 7 against Los Angeles and March 8 against Anaheim.

Boogaard will be eligible to return March 10 vs. San Jose.