Jovanovski banned 2 games

Updated: January 11, 2010, 8:47 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski has been suspended two games by the NHL for an elbow hit to the head of New York Islanders rookie John Tavares.

The suspension, announced Monday, is Jovanovski's second of the season. He was also penalized two games on Dec. 9.

Jovanovski hit Tavares with 17 seconds left in the first period of the Coyotes' 5-4 shootout loss on Saturday night, and was assessed a major for elbowing and a game misconduct.

He will miss Phoenix's games against San Jose on Tuesday night and New Jersey on Thursday night. He will be eligible to return against Minnesota on Saturday night.


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