Thrashers Armstrong Suspended Two Games

ATLANTA, GA. – The Atlanta Thrashers are in a must-win situation every night as they trail the Boston Bruins, Colby Armstrong ThrashersPhiladelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadians for the final No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Last night in Washington, the Thrashers not only lost the game 2-1 to the Capitals but will also lose the services of one of their hottest scorers (4G-3A-past 9 Games) going down this stretch.

Forward Colby Armstrong has been suspended by the NHL for two games, without pay, for using his elbow to deliver a blow to the head of Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Armstrong will forfeit $24,870.47. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Armstrong was assessed no penalty for the hit, which occurred 12:40 into the second period.

Perreault was injured on the play but returned later in the game.

Armstrong will miss Saturday’s game at Pittsburgh and Tuesday’s home game vs. New Jersey. He will be eligible to return April 9 at Washington.

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