NHL suspends Blues' Drake for illegal hit

Updated: October 31, 2005, 10:25 AM ET

NEW YORK -- Dallas Drake's hit on Corey Perry apparently was worse than originally believed.

Drake on Saturday was suspended two games without pay by the NHL for his illegal check on Perry in Friday's 6-4 loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Less than four minutes into the second period, Drake delivered a hit on Perry that landed the rookie right wing on injured reserve with a concussion. Drake, the Blues' captain, will forfeit $12,408.16 in salary while missing St. Louis' games at Los Angeles on Saturday and against Chicago on Wednesday.

In 10 games this season, the 36-year-old Drake has one goal and four assists.