Coyotes' Upshall suspended two games for illegal hit

TORONTO (Reuters) - Phoenix Coyotes forward Scottie Upshall has been suspended two games for an illegal hit delivered to Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis, the NHL said on Wednesday.

Upshall, who was also fined $24,000 for the incident, hit an unsuspecting Bartulis early in the second period of Phoenix's 3-2 victory. Bartulis left the game with a shoulder injury.

Upshall will miss the Coyotes' next two games -- at Tampa Bay on Wednesday and Friday's game at Columbus.

(Reporting by Simon Evans in Miami; Editing by Frank Pingue