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Darnell Nurse suspended 3 games for instigating fight

The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse for three games for being the aggressor in a fight with Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

Defenceman had no previous disciplinary record

Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse received a three-game suspension from the NHL for violating the aggressor rule in a game against the San Jose Sharks. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenceman three games for being the aggressor in a fight with Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

The NHL announced the suspension Thursday.

Nurse took exception to a hit Polak made on teammate Matt Hendricks and started fighting the Sharks defenceman before he dropped his gloves. Nurse was given a two-minute minor for roughing and a five-minute major penalty for fighting, but not a game misconduct for acting as an aggressor.

Nurse violated the rule that prohibits fighting an unwilling combatant. He will forfeit $13,925 US as a result of the suspension and miss games against the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

Nurse, who has no previous history of discipline, will be eligible to return Wednesday against St. Louis.

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