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Coyotes defenceman Ed Jovanovski will miss games Tuesday against San Jose and Thursday against New Jersey. ((Christian Petersen/Getty Images) )

The NHL suspended Phoenix defenceman Ed Jovanovski for the second time this season, slapping him with a two-game ban on Monday for elbowing New York Islanders rookie John Tavares on the weekend.

Jovanovski was slapped with a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct near the end of the first period of Saturday's game.

Incidentally, the Coyotes forgot to send a man to the box for the beginning of the second period on Saturday, which ended up extending the penalty to nine and a half minutes.

The 33-year-old Jovanovski is considered a repeat offender by the league, because he was suspended two games for a forearm to the head of Minnesota Wild centre Andrew Ebbett on Dec. 7.

He'll miss games Tuesday against San Jose and Thursday against New Jersey and will forfeit nearly $160,000 US in pay, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Jovanovski has eight goals and 14 assists this season and has a plus-3 rating in 34 games.