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Tampa Bay’s Andre Roy Suspended

April 2, 2002 GMT

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Tampa Bay forward Andre Roy was suspended for 13 games for leaving the penalty box and physically abusing a linesman in Monday night’s 6-4 loss to the New York Rangers.

Roy, who leads the team with 211 penalty minutes, will miss the final seven games of the season and the first six games of the 2002-03 season. He received 10 games for leaving the penalty box and three for physical abuse of an official. Both are automatic penalties.

After Roy and the Rangers’ Sandy McCarthy fought, the Lightning forward left his penalty box and screamed at McCarthy to come out and continue fighting. He then refused to leave the ice and challenged the Rangers on the bench.

``We were kind of laughing ourselves from our side,″ New York’s Matthew Barnaby said. ``We were more amused than anything.″