'On whether there will be any internal punishment for Nichol by the team: "No."'
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'"First, I offer my apologies to Jaroslav Spacek and am thankful that he was not hurt," Nichol said in a statement on Nashville's official team web site. "I have great respect for the game and my fellow players, and in the heat of the moment last night, I lost my cool and reacted emotionally to being fouled. I am not proud of my actions, but I take full responsibility and accept the consequences."'
'Nichol was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and a game misconduct as the aggressor. The suspension was issued following a hearing conducted via conference call by NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell.'
‘The punch came during Buffalo’s 7-2 victory Thursday night. Nichol drew a game misconduct for punching Spacek in the jaw when he wasn’t looking.’
‘The suspension was issued following a hearing conducted via conference call by NHL executive Colin Campbell.’
'Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Nichol forfeits $25,267.41. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.'
‘“The punch by Mr. Nichol was deliberate, from behind, and it occurred after the referee’s whistle had stopped play,” Campbell said. “While Mr. Spacek was injured and left the ice, it is expected he will be available to play in Buffalo’s next game.”‘
‘Said Predators General Manager David Poile: “Everybody has to be responsible for their actions on the ice, and we try to stress with our players to be disciplined at all times. This was a retaliatory action. Scott Nichol is an emotional player. Unfortunately (Thursday) night a foul against him caused him to react in an inappropriate way. The league dealt with this and we accept the suspension and we move forward.”’
‘”We know they’re a good team and play well at home,” Afinogenov said. “We tried to jump on them in the first period. The puck was going in. We got a couple on the power play. It feels really good for us.”‘
‘”I’ve been itchy the whole eight weeks, but now when you get closer to it you can feel and taste it,” Tallinder said before Thursday night’s game against the Nashville Predators in the Gaylord Entertainment Center. “I just want to play now. It’s been too long.”‘