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Canucks' Gudbranson suspended 1 game for hit on Vatrano

Edmonton Oilers' Milan Lucic, right, checks Vancouver Canucks' Erik Gudbranson during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson has been suspended for one game without pay for his hit from behind on Boston Bruins forward Frank Vatrano.

Gudbranson hit Vatrano from behind at 6:13 of the first period of Vancouver's game at Boston on Thursday night.

The Canucks blue-liner also received a game misconduct and a fighting major after being challenged by Boston's Tim Schaller following the hit.

The Bruins capitalized on the man advantage, scoring three power-play goals for a 4-1 lead after the first period. Boston won the game 6-3.

Gudbranson will forfeit $18,817.20 in salary and will miss Vancouver's game Friday at Buffalo.


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Updated October 20, 2017

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