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Islanders assistant coach Thompson suspended two games

The Associated Press

3/8/2013 6:53:38 PM

NEW YORK -- Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson was given a two-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for abusive comments he made following New York's overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Thompson was assessed a game misconduct after the Rangers beat the Islanders with a power-play goal by Marian Gaborik.

The NHL said in a statement that Thompson will miss the next two games because of "inappropriate and abusive comments" he directed at on-ice officials.

The Rangers received the only three power plays in the game and converted on the last one seconds after a penalty was called when defenceman Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he drove to the net.

Thompson will miss a home game against Washington on Saturday and a game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.