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NHL suspends Senators' Ruutu for two games

TSN.ca Staff

1/7/2009 3:28:08 PM

The National Hockey League has suspended Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu two games following a biting incident Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Although the video evidence appears to conclusively show Ruutu bit the gloved thumb of Sabres tough guy Andrew Peters, after the Sens 4-2 loss Ruutu denied that to be the case. The altercation took place in the first period after Peters started an exchange with Ruutu by rubbing his glove into Ruutu's face.

"It's a pretty goofy thing that happened," Peters said. "It's not the injury, it's the incident. Just the fact that  happened it's unfortunate. It's not good for the game of hockey."

Ruutu, who was suspended for two games in November, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

He forfeits more than $31,000 in salary with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Ruutu will miss Thursday's game at Boston and Saturday's game against the Rangers. He will be eligible to return Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.