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Updated: October 9th, 2011 8:06pm
Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard suspended for two games by NHL

Wild's Pierre-Marc Bouchard suspended for two games by NHL

by Judd Zulgad
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The Minnesota Wild will be without winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard for road games against the New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators on Monday and Tuesday.

Bouchard was suspended for the two games by the NHL without pay on Sunday for a high-stick he delivered to the face of Columbus forward Matt Calvert on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in the Wild's regular-season opener.

The Wild won the game 4-2 as Bouchard picked up two assists and played the right wing on the second line with center Matt Cullen and left wing Guillaume Latendresse.

Bouchard also played a point on the power play and he earned his second assist in the second period when he fed Dany Heatley out front with the Wild up a man.

Bouchard hit Calvert in the face with his stick at 18:54 of the middle period and was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking. Calvert was injured on the play.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Bouchard will forfeit $44,108.10, according to the NHL. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Bouchard will be eligible to return on Thursday night when the Wild plays host to Edmonton.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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