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Hockey player banned for breaking opponent's leg

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07:24 CET+01:00
Swedish ice hockey player Mattias Öhlund has been suspended for four games by the National Hockey League after breaking the leg of an opposing player in his Vancouver Canucks' 6-2 victory over Minnesota.

The 31-year-old Swede struck Minnesota's Mikko Koivu of Finland with nearly four minutes remaining in the third period Friay. Öhlund was assessed slashing major and game misconduct penalties after Koivu suffered a broken left leg on the play.

Öhlund will lose $4,866 in salary for the banishment, which began with Sunday's game against Calgary. He will also miss games on Tuesday at Edmonton, Wednesday at Minnesota and Friday at St. Louis.

Öhlund's return will be at home next Sunday against Chicago.

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