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Maple Leafs’ Roman Polak suspended 2 games for boarding

March 23, 2017
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak, left, of the Czech Republic, checks Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, of Denmark, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Polak was called for boarding and a game misconduct. The Maple Leafs won 5-2. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak, left, of the Czech Republic, checks Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, of Denmark, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Polak was called for boarding and a game misconduct. The Maple Leafs won 5-2. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak has been suspended two games for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand.

Polak hit Bjorkstrand from behind early in the third period of the Maple Leafs’ victory in Columbus on Wednesday night. The NHL department of player safety announced the suspension Thursday.

Polak was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct on the play. He will forfeit $25,000 in salary as a result of his first career suspension.

Bjorkstrand did not return to the game, and his status for the Blue Jackets’ game Thursday night in Washington was not clear.

Polak has four goals and four assists and 61 penalty minutes in 67 games this season. The Maple Leafs face the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night.

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