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Staubitz, Wisniewski suspended for pre-season incidents

The Canadian Press

9/24/2011 3:32:20 PM

NEW YORK -- The NHL is handing out a couple of suspensions after a chippy pre-season game between the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets.

Wild forward Brad Staubitz and Blue Jackets defenceman James Wisniewski were suspended indefinitely Saturday pending a hearing and the completion of a review by the NHL's department of player safety. The hearing is set for Monday.

The suspensions stem from separate incidents that occurred in Friday night's game, which Minnesota won 4-3 in overtime.

Staubitz received a major penalty and game misconduct for checking from behind at 4:24 into the third period.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, received a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota forward Cal Clutterbuck at 20:00 of the third period.

It has been a busy week for league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

He handed Flyers forward Jody Shelley a 10-game suspension and Calgary forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond a five-game ban Thursday.