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***Artyukhin Suspended For Hit On Niskanen***

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The NHL has suspended Ducks Right Winger Evgeny Artyukhin for three games for a hit on Dallas blueliner Matt Niskanen in the 2nd Period of last night's game.

No penalty was called on the play, but the league has since characterized the hit as a slew foot, a violation of NHL Rule 52.1:

52.1 Slew-footing - Slew-footing is the act of a player using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.