TORONTO (AP) -Nashville Predators forward Scott Nichol has been suspended five games by the NHL for a blow to the head of Montreal defenseman Patrice Brisebois.
Nichol will be eligible to return Dec. 15 at Colorado and will lose $45,732 in salary for Saturday's incident.
``The crosscheck by Mr. Nichol to the head area of his opponent was reckless and dangerous,'' said Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations. ``Although no serious injury resulted, the action is unacceptable.''
Nichol, who was suspended nine games last December, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Last December, Nichol was suspended nine games for his sucker-punch to the head of Buffalo defenseman Jaroslav Spacek and lost $25,267 in salary.

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