The NHL has suspended Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque for five games and will make him forfeit $203K in salary due to the elbow he delivered to the head of Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom during Tuesday's game against the Caps.
The incident occurred at 10:06 of the third period and was assessed as a minor penalty for elbowing at the time.
Bourque is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement since he wasalso suspended last month.
Bourque will miss upcoming games against Boston, Minnesota, New Jersey, Anaheim and Los Angeles and will be eligible to return Jan. 17 when the Flames travel to San Jose.
Bourque has 13 goals and three assists on the year for Calgary.
NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations released a video statement on the suspension, in which he notes that the elbow was "indefensible."
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