2-game suspension for Stars' Neal

November 21, 2009

The NHL has suspended Stars forward James Neal two games for a boarding infraction that injured the Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett.

The NHL announced the discipline Friday. Neal will miss games against the Devils on Saturday and the Hurricanes on Monday.

Neal also will forfeit $8,515 in salary, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Neal hit Dorsett from behind at 13:01 of the second period in Thursday's 4-1 loss. Dorsett was dazed after striking his head on the boards, and Neal was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

Neal will be eligible to return Thursday at Colorado.

•The Avalanche activated rookie forward T.J. Galiardi and defenseman John-Michael Liles from the injured reserve list before the team's game Friday night against the Canucks.

Galiardi has missed nine games since injuring his ankle Oct. 28 at Calgary. He has one goal and five assists.

Liles missed five games after injuring his shoulder Nov. 6 against the Blackhawks. He has two goals and three assists.

•The Hurricanes sent defenseman Bryan Rodney to their AHL affiliate. Rodney had two assists in five games and averaged nearly 18 minutes of ice time.

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