NHL suspends Briere for 2 games
Buffalo Sabres forward Daniel Briere was suspended two games Thursday for a stick infraction.
Briere, one of the more gentlemanly players in the NHL, was disciplined for high-sticking Brian Leetch during Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.
The 28-year-old forfeits $19,775.52 US in salary and cannot return until April 3.
"I was surprised to get two games for something that was solely accidental," Briere said.
Briere was slashed first by Leetch, but he clipped the Bruins defenceman in the face with his stick as he fell.
Leetch fell too, stumbling awkwardly into the open doorway at the Boston bench.
"I looked at the replay," Briere said. "I knew it was accidental and I'm even more convinced now.
"I was expecting, maybe, a fine or a one-game suspension. It's their decision and I have to live with it."
Briere, who had three assists on Wednesday, ranks fourth in team scoring this season with 49 points in 40 games, including 22 goals.
The Gatineau, Que., native was sidelined 32 games because of an abdominal injury that required surgery.
Briere has totalled 127 goals and 272 points in 394 games over eight NHL seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes and Sabres.
Drafted 24th overall by Phoenix in 1996, he was traded to Buffalo, along with a third-round draft pick, for Chris Gratton and a fourth-rounder on March 10, 2003.
with files from CP Online