Mats has brain cramp
TORONTO (CP) Captain Mats Sundin of the Toronto
Maple Leafs may have escaped a penalty for throwing his broken stick
into the stands Tuesday night but the NHL punished him a day later.
The league has suspended the superstar centre
for one game for his bizarre stick-throwing incident in the second
period of Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators.
"Regardless of whether Mr. Sundin may have
been overcome by the frustration or emotion of the moment, there
is no way the league can tolerate his reaction," Colin Campbell,
the NHL's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations,
said in a statement Wednesday.
Sundin, who earns $9 million US a season, will
lose $47,685.19 for the one-game ban. More importantly, the Leafs
will be without their top scorer for Thursday night's much-anticipated
tilt with the rival Ottawa Senators.