Leafs’ Clarkson draws 2-game suspension for illegal hit

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Updated: December 14, 2013

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward David
Clarkson received a two-game suspension from the National Hockey League
for delivering an illegal check in Thursday’s game against the St. Louis
Blues.

The incident occurred during the second period of Toronto’s 6-3 loss to the
Blues, with Clarkson assessed a minor penalty for striking St. Louis forward
Vladimir Sobotka in the head.

This is the second time that Clarkson, who signed a lucrative seven-year
contract with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent this summer, has been
suspended this season. The former New Jersey Devil was forced to sit out the
campaign’s first 10 games for leaving the bench to instigate an on-ice brawl
between the Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in a preseason matchup.

Clarkson has struggled during his debut season in Toronto, having recorded
only two goals and four assists with a minus-four rating over 23 games.

The 29-year-old will miss Saturday’s contest against Chicago as well as a road
date at Pittsburgh on Monday. Clarkson will be eligible to return when the
Maple Leafs host Florida on Tuesday.