San Jose Sharks ' Patrick Marleau (12) checks Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) during second period NHL action in Edmonton, Alberta, Tuesday March 8, 2016. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse three games for being the aggressor in a fight.

March 10, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse three games for being the aggressor in a fight with Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

The suspension was announced by the league on Thursday.

Nurse took exception to a hit Polak made on teammate Matt Hendricks and started fighting the Sharks defenseman before he dropped his gloves. Nurse was given a two-minute minor for roughing and a five-minute major penalty for fighting.

Nurse violated the rule that prohibits fighting an unwilling combatant. He will forfeit $13,925 as a result of the suspension and miss games against the Minnesota Wild, Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators.

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