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Canadiens' Lapierre suspended four games

TORONTO (Reuters) - Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended for four games by the National Hockey League Friday for a late hit on San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol.

The incident occurred during the third period of the Sharks 3-2 home win and saw Lapierre knock Nichols into the end boards.

Nichol was injured and did not return to the game but no penalty was called on the play.

(Writing by Steve Keating; editing by Ian Ransom)