Derek MacKenzie suspended three games for boarding incident

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Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie has been suspended three games for boarding Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

MacKenzie drilled Ekman-Larsson from behind, resulting in a possible concussion for the Phoenix Coyotes’ defenseman after his head hit the boards with a fair amount of force. MacKenzie has no prior disciplinary history, however.

This was simply not a good hit by MacKenzie. Ekman-Larsson was basically prone before and as MacKenzie went to deliver the blow. The distance between Ekman-Larsson and the boards also likely contributed to the damage done to the Coyotes blueliner. Just a bad situation all around.

Had MacKenzie simply eased off there or minimized the contact, he wouldn’t be sitting the next three games.

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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