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Jordan Nolan suspended one game for throwing sucker punch at Jesse Joensuu

It was a busy night for the penalty box in the Kings-Oilers game. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images) It was a busy night in the penalty boxes as the Kings and Oilers mixed it up. (Andy Devlin/Getty Images)

By Darian Somers

The NHL announced on Monday that the Kings forward Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game due to his sucker punch of Edmonton's Jesse Joensuu in just one of the heated incidents that broke out during Sunday night's game.

After a scrum in front of the Kings' net, Nolan and Joensuu scuffled in what appeared to be a common post-whistle exchange. Then, out of nowhere, as officials began to separate the group, Nolan threw a cheap shot at Joensuu -- a punch in the face while the Oiler winger wasn't looking, then tried to throw two more hits before he was stopped. Nolan was assessed a double-minor for roughing and Joensuu was given two for cross-checking Nolan.

Jordan Nolan punches Jesse Joensuu (GIF by Darian Somers)

The rough play didn't stop there. Later in the third period, Mike Richards of the Kings poked his stick at Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens after the whistle, causing the Cornell grad to fall back in his crease. Richards was given two minutes for slashing.

Mike Richards slashes Been Scrivens (GIF by Darian Somers)

Immediately after that, both teams clashed behind net, and L.A.'s Jeff Carter grabbed Edmonton's Philip Larsen, slamming him against the wall. For that, Carter was given a 10-minute misconduct.

Jeff Carter slams Philip Larsen against the wall (GIF by Darian Somers)

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