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Cedric Paquette suspended one game

By Joe Smith

Lightning center Cedric Paquette has been suspended one game for boarding Boston defenseman Torey Krug Wednesday.

With Paquette out, the Lightning could decide to call up a forward from AHL Syracuse (like Cory Conacher), or decide to go 11 forwards, seven defensemen against the Sharks Saturday at Amalie Arena.

The play occurred in the second period of Tampa Bay's 3-2 loss. Paquette got called for boarding on Krug when he hit him from behind at the boards by the Bruins net. The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety ruled that Paquette had enough time on his forecheck to avoid or minimize the force of the hit on Krug's shoulder, as opposed to driving his head into the boards.

Paquette had yet to be fined or suspended in his 191 career games in the NHL.