NHL suspends DeAngelo two games for spearing incident

Tony DeAngelo

Flyers defenseman Tony DeAngelo has been suspended for two games, without pay, for spearing Tampa Bay Lightning forward Corey Perry during Tuesday night’s game in Tampa.

The announcement was made by the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 17:20 of the third period. DeAngelo was assessed a major five-mimnute penalty and game misconduct for spearing.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, DeAngelo will forfeit $54,054.06.

The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

After the game, Flyers coach John Tortorella said he had not yet seen video footage of the incident but gave the impression he knew what had taken place.

“The guys in the room said it was pretty obvious,’’ Tortorella said. “But that’s the line you walk. As for going over the edge, I want him to have his personality to have that competitiveness. But I think he may have crossed the line.”

The Flyers’ next two games are at Carolina on Thursday and Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Tortorella has been using one extra defenseman (seven, as opposed to the traditional six), so he might return to the usual half-dozen for the game at the Hurricanes.

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