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    Antoine Roussel suspended two games for cross-checking Adam McQuaid

    Tim Rosenthal February 12, 2015

    In the opening minutes of Tuesday’s Bruins-Stars matchup, Antoine Roussel cross-checked Adam McQuaid in the facial area resulting in a five minute major and a game misconduct. After his phone hearing on Thursday with the NHL, Roussel earned a two-game suspension for his actions during his team’s 5-3 win over the Black and Gold.

    Moments before the cross-check, McQuaid looked to deliver an open ice hit on Roussel. That’s when the Stars forward retaliated with the cross check as the Bruins defenseman looked to drop the gloves.

    McQuaid returned to the game moments after the cross check and notched 16:28 of ice time.

    Here’s the official ruling from the NHL Department of Player Safety, including video:

    “Dallas Stars forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended for two games, without pay, for cross-checking Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid during NHL Game No. 797 in Boston on Tuesday, February 10, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred at 3:43 of the first period. Roussel was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for cross-checking. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and based on his average annual salary, Roussel will forfeit $21,505.38. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.”

    Roussel was fined over $5,000 back in November for sucker punching San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun.

    Roussel is eligible to return on Tuesday night when the Stars travel to St. Louis to face the Blues. The Bruins, meanwhile, start their five-game west coast trip on Friday night versus the Vancouver Canucks.

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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