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No extra discipline for Penguins' Staal after match penalty

TSN.ca Staff

2/2/2011 12:34:56 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jordan Staal received no supplementary discipline on Wednesday after he was assessed a match penalty for a sucker-punch on Rangers forward Brandon Prust during Tuesday's game.

The league decided on Wednesday that no further action will be taken regarding the incident. An automatic one-game suspension applies when a player is given a match penalty, but the league chose to rescind the ban.

The NHL reserves the right to rescind a match penalty if they find reason to, or otherwise could have fined Staal if they chose.

The incident occurred during the second period, when Prust delivered a late hit to Pittsburgh's Tyler Kennedy. Staal entered the fray and sucker-punched Prust in apparent retaliation. Staal was given the match penalty, while Prust was able to stay in the game.