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NHL suspends Flames’ Andersson 4 games for charging

By The Associated Press on October 21, 2023.

Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson (4) checks Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine, front right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL has suspended Calgary Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson for four games without pay for charging Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine.

Andersson will lose nearly $95,000 in pay, and that money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

In the video explaining the reasoning behind the suspension announced Saturday, the NHL said the force of the hit on Friday night and the fact the game was out of reach at the time “combined to elevate this hit to the level of supplemental discipline.”

The hit occurred with seconds left in the Flames’ 3-1 loss. Andersson was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing during the game.

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