Players get one- and two-game bans

Updated: January 12, 2004, 9:11 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell was busy Monday, handing out two-game suspensions to New York Rangers forward Chris Simon and Detroit defenseman Mathieu Schneider, and a one-game ban to Tampa Bay forward Vincent Lecavalier.

Simon was punished for cross-checking Tampa Bay's Ruslan Fedotenko and then jumping on him and punching him during the first period of the Lightning's 2-1 overtime victory Sunday.

He was given a double minor for cross-checking and roughing and will miss home games Tuesday against the New York Islanders, and Thursday against the New Jersey Devils. Simon will forfeit $16,666.66 in salary.

In the same game, Lecavalier kicked New York defenseman Darius Kasparaitis in the third period but didn't receive a penalty. But he was suspended for Tuesday's game at Pittsburgh and will lose $14,166.66 in salary.

Schneider's ban stemmed from a game Saturday in which he cross-checked Boston forward Glen Murray in the neck area with his stick during the third period of the Bruins' 2-1 victory.

Schneider also wasn't penalized on the ice, but will sit out Wednesday against Chicago and Friday versus Phoenix, forfeiting $38,888.88 in salary.

All of the salary losses will go to the players emergency assistance fund.


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