Cross-check earns Kubina suspension for opener

Updated: October 2, 2006, 7:47 PM ET
Associated Press

Pavel Kubina

TORONTO -- The NHL suspended Toronto defenseman Pavel Kubina for one game Monday, a day after he cross-checked Detroit's Jiri Hudler in the exhibition finale.

Kubina will miss the regular-season opener Wednesday night at home against Ottawa.

He was assessed a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct in the first period of Toronto's 3-2 shootout loss Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre.

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