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Ex-Blues Player Johnson Suspended By NHL

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Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche is escorted off the ice by linesman David Brisebois as he argues a penalty call that gave the New York Islanders a two man advantage in the third period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 8, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. Colorado won 5-2. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Erik Johnson #6 of the Colorado Avalanche is escorted off the ice by linesman David Brisebois as he argues a penalty call that gave the New York Islanders a two man advantage in the third period of an NHL hockey game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 8, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. Colorado won 5-2. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been suspended by the NHL for two games without pay on Tuesday for slashing New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen.

The incident occurred at 12:09 of the third period of Colorado’s 5-2 win on Saturday. Johnson was assessed a minor penalty for slashing.

It was Colorado’s last game before the Olympic break. The Avs’ next game will be Feb. 26 against Los Angeles.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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