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Rangers’ Carl Hagelin Is Suspended Three Playoff Games by NHL

April 16, 2012

New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin was suspended three games by the National Hockey League for elbowing Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson in the head during Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.

Hagelin was assessed a major penalty for elbowing as a result of the incident, which occurred at 10:32 of the second period in the Senators’ 3-2 overtime victory two days ago.

The Rangers said in a statement they accept the penalty and won’t pursue an appeal, yet are “thoroughly perplexed in the ruling’s inconsistency” with other discipline decisions.

Senators forward Matt Carkner was suspended one game by the NHL yesterday for a Game 2 incident in which he threw repeated punches at New York’s Brian Boyle, who the league said was an “unwilling combatant.”

Carkner instigated the altercation with Boyle, knocking him to the ice with two punches and then continuing to throw punches at his opponent until officials intervened. Carkner was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.

The best-of-seven first-round series is tied at 1-1, with Ottawa hosting Game 3 tonight.

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