Briere hit draws 2-game suspension

November 25, 2009

The NHL suspended Flyers forward Daniel Briere two games for a late hit on Avalanche defenseman Scott Hannan.

The incident occurred in the second period Monday night, right after Hannan had scored. Briere will miss games Wednesday against the Islanders and Friday at Buffalo. He will be eligible to return Saturday at Atlanta.

•Senators starting goaltender Pascal Leclaire will be sidelined about a month with a broken cheekbone.

The team said he suffered the injury while sitting on the bench during the 4-3 win Monday against Washington.

A dump-in attempt by Senators center Mike Fisher struck a stick and sailed into the Ottawa bench, rebounding off the glass and off the right side of Leclaire's face.

Leclaire was serving as backup to Brian Elliott because he'd suffered a lower-body injury in a win over the Sabres.

•The Maple Leafs have placed goalie Vesa Toskala and forward John Mitchell on injured reserve and recalled goalie Joey MacDonald and forward Christian Hanson.

Mitchell suffered a knee injury in Monday night's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders. Toskala, who had to leave the game after tweaking a groin injury, has a 1-4-2 mark with a 3.91 GAA and .865 save percentage.

AP

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