Blue Jackets forward Peca's suspension reduced Staff

10/17/2008 3:34:13 PM

Michael Peca's suspension has been reduced to five games.

The NHL announced the reduction on Friday following a Thursday meeting where the Blue Jackets forward made an appeal.

Peca told the Columbus Dispatch he apologized to referee Greg Kimmerly during the two-hour hearing with the NHL on Thursday.

The veteran forward was assessed the automatic suspension under Category 2 for abuse of an official. The incident took place last Friday in Dallas during the second period of the Jackets 5-4 overtime win.

Peca was knocked down by Dallas captain Brenden Morrow and seconds later Morrow scored a power play goal to make it 2-0.

Following the goal, Peca skated over to Greg Kimmerly to argue a missed call but the referee begin to skate away. Peca then grabbed Kimmerly's arm.