Coyotes' Jovanovski given another 2-game ban

The NHL suspended Phoenix defenceman Ed Jovanovski two games on Monday for elbowing New York Islanders rookie John Tavares on the weekend.

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.