Montreal Canadiens 'Rene Bourque, back, checks Vancouver Canucks' Alex Burrows during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck
October 31, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) Vancouver Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for his late, illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin.

Burrows slammed into Emelin at 8:23 of the second period of the Canucks' 3-2 overtime victory over the Canadiens on Thursday night. Emelin left after the hit, but returned later in the game.

Under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Burrows will forfeit $72,580.65. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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