A shot by New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy gets past Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, right, of Finland, Wild defenseman Marco Scandella (6) and Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) for a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in
Ann Heisenfelt
December 10, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.

The ban was handed down by the league's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild's 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Scandella will miss games at San Jose and Arizona this week and lose $11,021.50 in salary under terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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