Sens' Emery suspended for three games
Heatley and Emery
2/12/2007 3:41:15 PM
TORONTO (CP) - Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery was suspended three games by the National Hockey League on Monday.
Last Saturday, Emery swung his stick and hit Montreal forward Maxim Lapierre in the face during the second period of the Senators' 5-3 win over the Canadiens.
Emery later said he didn't mean to hit Lapierre that high, but wanted to fight the Canadiens forward. He was assessed a minor penalty on the play.
"I think three games is a bit much and I'm disappointed that I won't get a chance to play for a little while," Emery told reporters in Ottawa on Monday.
Emery, 24, will be eligible to return Feb. 22 at Buffalo. He will forfeit nearly US$15,000 in salary, which goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.
Lapierre, 21, who was wearing a visor, was not hurt on the play.
"I'm happy to see the league did their job," he said in Montreal. "He deserves a suspension, but how many games is up to the league.
"For me, the important thing is that I wasn't injured. I'm lucky I had a visor."
He said he never considered dropping the gloves with Emery.
"Goalies have tons of equipment, it's like hitting a wall," he said. "I don't know why a goalie wants to fight. And it's not my job to fight a goalie."
Emery has a 24-13-2 record this season. He has four shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.
Lapierre has three goals and four assists for seven points in 21 games.