Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) collides with New Jersey Devils' Jaromir Jagr (68) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
Gene Puskar
December 03, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended two games by the NHL for an illegal hit on New Jersey's Jaromir Jagr on Tuesday night.

Bortuzzo collided with Jagr late in the second period of Pittsburgh's 1-0 win. Jagr was skating down the right side when he sent a centering pass in front of the net. Bortuzzo hit Jagr with his right shoulder, slamming it into Jagr's chest and chin. Jagr lay on the ice for several minutes before leaving the game. He didn't return.

The NHL cited the ''extreme lateness'' and ''predatory nature'' of the collision as the reason for the suspension. The league said Jagr was ''defenseless'' at the moment of contact.

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