NHL suspends Isles assistant coach for two games
NEW YORK (AP) -- Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson was given a two-game suspension by the NHL on Friday for abusive comments he made following New York's overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Thompson was assessed a game misconduct after the Rangers beat the Islanders with a power-play goal by Marian Gaborik.
The NHL said in a statement that Thompson will miss the next two games because of "inappropriate and abusive comments" he directed at on-ice officials.
The Rangers received the only three power plays in the game and converted on the last one seconds after a penalty was called when defenseman Michael Del Zotto was hauled down as he drove to the net.
Thompson will miss a home game against Washington on Saturday and a game at Pittsburgh on Sunday.