Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Ponikarovsky has been suspended for two games, without pay, for a boarding penalty on New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey.
The incident occurred in the third period of Thursday's Penguins victory when Ponikarovsky hit Bailey from behind sending him crashing face first into the boards. Ponikarovsky was accessed a boarding major and a game misconduct on the play. Bailey sustained cuts to his face.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ponikarovsky will forfeit $21,813.48. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Ponikarovsky will miss the Penguins' final two regular season games, Saturday at Atlanta and Sunday's rematch with the Islanders in New York.