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Pens' Orpik suspended 3 games for hit on Cole

Updated: March 6, 2006, 7:57 PM ET
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TORONTO -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik got off easy compared to Erik Cole.

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Orpik, who delivered a hit from behind that knocked out Cole for the rest of the regular season, was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Monday.

In Saturday's game against Carolina, Orpik was assessed a boarding major and game misconduct for hitting Cole from behind. On Sunday, Cole was diagnosed with a compression fracture in a vertebra in his neck.

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