Second suspension for defenseman

Updated: December 27, 2003, 7:33 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Calgary Flames defenseman Denis Gauthier was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Saturday, one day after kneeing a Vancouver player.

Gauthier received a major and game misconduct for kneeing Vancouver defenseman Sami Salo in the third period of Friday's 2-0 loss to the Canucks.

Gauthier was suspended for a game in November 2002, and is considered a repeat offender by the league. He will miss Sunday's game against Edmonton and Monday's contest against Minnesota.

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