Stars' Niskanen injured, to miss game

Updated: October 22, 2009, 6:49 PM ET
By Richard Durrett |

The NHL suspended Anahiem Ducks forward Evgeny Artyukhin for three games without pay Thursday for what the league called "a slew-footing incident" against Dallas Stars defenseman Matt Niskanen of Wednesday's game.

Niskanen suffered a head injury that will keep him out of Thursday's game against Los Angeles.

Since Artyukhin was suspended for two games in January 2009, he is considered a repeat offender. He'll forfeit $34,756.11 in salary based on the number of games (82), rather than the number of days (193). The forfeited money goes into the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Artyukin can't return until Oct. 31 at Phoenix.

Richard Durrett joined in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.