Phil Kessel suspension: Maple Leafs star to miss 3 preseason games

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The Maple Leafs will be without their top scorer for the rest of the preseason.

Toronto Maple Leafs' forward Phil Kessel has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason by the NHL, following his attempt to injure Buffalo Sabres' forward John Scott. The incident occurred on Sunday night during a neutral zone face-off between Kessel and Scott, who came to blows. The Maple Leafs' forward was able to release himself from the fight, while his teammates got involved. The 25-year old then proceeded with two two-handed slashes on Scott, while the Sabre forward fought with other members of the Toronto club.

Fellow Leafs forward David Clarkson was involved in the fight and was suspended 10 regular season games for leaving the bench to participate in the brawl. Clarkson was in the middle of fight with Scott, when Kessel slashed the 6-foot-8 Sabre at the legs. Kessel is the Maple Leafs' leading scorer.

The Maple Leafs will host the Ottawa Senators at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday.

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