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MacKenzie suspended three games for boarding Ekman-Larsson

Columbus Blue Jackets v Phoenix Coyotes

during the NHL game at Arena on January 2, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.

Christian Petersen

Columbus forward Derek MacKenzie has been suspended three games for boarding Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson last night at Arena.

In making the ruling, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety noted that MacKenzie “recklessly” hit Ekman-Larsson from behind, “driving forcefully into Ekman-Larsson’s back and causing a violent collision with the boards.”

Not only was the check illegal and avoidable, ruled the league, it was made “with significant force” that caused an injury, as Ekman-Larsson did not return to the game, playing just 4:07 on the night.

If you’re counting, that makes eight suspensions for boarding this season, plus one in the pre-season.