NEW YORK — Coyotes enforcer Paul Bissonnette's suspension for leaving the bench to fight was reduced from 10 regular-season games to three because of a lack of evidence Bissonnette did leave the bench illegally, the league said Saturday.
The forward was given an automatic 10-game suspension for going after Kings forward Jordan Nolan after Nolan's hit on Rostislav Klesla in their preseason game Sept. 15.
Bissonnette, who appealed the suspension, said he went on the ice to replace prospect Max Domi but Domi never left, as he was supposed to. Video of the game that wasn't available when the suspension was assessed seemed to support Bissonnette's contention, the league said.
There was no conclusive video evidence to rule definitively because it was a preseason game and the usual amount of video wasn't available, the league said. Also, teammates and coach Dave Tippett supported Bissonnette, and no on-ice officials could definitively contradict him, it said.
"Given the totality of these circumstances," the league decided not to apply the 10-game automatic suspension, it said in a press release.
Bissonnette did not have the ban wiped out because he "must bear some responsibility" for sparking a fight, the league said.
More Coyotes: Max Domi, the team's first-round draft pick this year, was sent back to London, his team in the Ontario junior league.
Blackhawks: Goalie Corey Crawford didn't play for the defending Stanley Cup champions as planned in their preseason finale against the Capitals because of what the team called lower-body "stiffness," but he was expected to start the season opener against Washington on Tuesday.
Kings: Captain Dustin Brown, out since hurting a hamstring on the first day of training camp, was scheduled to play in the team's preseason finale against the Avalanche late Saturday. The forward has missed four games total in the past five seasons for the 2012 Stanley Cup champions and '13 Western Conference finalists.
Penguins: Kris Letang, a Norris Trophy finalist for top league defenseman last season, is out indefinitely with what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said was a lower-leg injury. He was scheduled for a medical re-evaluation when the Penguins return to Pittsburgh on Monday from a trip to West Point, N.Y., coach Dan Bylsma said.