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NHL suspends Calgary's Dennis Wideman 20 games without pay

NHL suspends Calgary's Dennis Wideman 20 games without pay

The NHL on Wednesday suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for 20 games without pay for violating Rule 40 (physical abuse of officials) during Calgary’s game against Nashville on Jan. 27.

Wideman had taken a hit and appeared dazed as he skated back toward his team’s bench. Linesman Don Henderson, backskating and watching play continue, inadvertently blocked Wideman’s access to the nearest door to the bench. Wideman cross-checked Henderson from behind, knocking the linesman to the ice at 11:42 of the second period. Henderson was not...

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