NHL suspends Avs' Erik Johnson 2 games

On Tuesday the NHL suspended Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson two games for a slashing incident last weekend.

Defenceman punished for slashing

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson was suspended two games for slashing on Tuesday. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Not even the Olympic break can prevent Brendan Shanahan from dishing out some discipline.

On Tuesday the NHL suspended Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson two games for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen last weekend. The league announced the punishment in a press release.

The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period of Colorad's 5-2 win, and Johnson was assessed a slashing penalty on the play.

Johnson will forfeit $38,461.54 US in salary, all of which goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. 

It was Colorado's last game before the Olympic break. The Avs' next game will be Feb. 26 against Los Angeles.

With files from The Associated Press

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