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Thompson suspended two games for illegal hit

Lightning center Nate Thompson has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an illegal check to the head on Devils forward Matt D'Agostini during Friday night's 5-4 shootout win.

The incident occurred midway through the second period. D'Agostini was looking down for the puck just outside the Lightning blue line when Thompson appeared to hit him in the head with his shoulder. According to Rule 48, any hit resulting in contact with an opponent's head, where head is targeted and principal point of contact is not permitted."

D'Agostini fell to the ground, but stayed in the game. There was no penalty called on the play.

Thompson, 28, who had never previously been fined or suspended in a six-year career, said it wasn't his intent to hurt D'Agostini.

"I play the game hard, I play it clean," Thompson said. "It's never your intention to hurt anybody out there. Things happen in this league and things happen fast and sometimes you're in situations where the league has to make a decision. It's unfortunate it has to be two games, but they have a job to do." …

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