Lapointe out one game for cross-check

Updated: December 30, 2003, 9:46 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins forward Martin Lapointe was suspended for Monday night's game against Washington because of a hard cross-check on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Brad Lukowich.

Lapointe hit Lukowich in the head in the third period of Saturday's game, which Boston lost 4-2.

Lukowich lay on the ice for about a minute but stayed in the game. Lapointe was given a five-minute match penalty, and his suspension will cost him almost $28,000 in pay.

Lapointe might have needed the time off, anyway: He was diagnosed with shingles, a virus that causes a painful rash.


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