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Armstrong banned for Perreault hit

TORONTO -- The NHL suspended Atlanta Thrashers forward Colby Armstrong for two games without pay for hitting an opponent in the head during a game.

Colby was suspended Friday for using his elbow to hit Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault in the head during a game Thursday night.

Armstrong wasn't penalized for the hit, which occurred at 12:40 of the second period.

Perreault was injured on the play but returned later in the game.

As a result of the suspension, Armstrong will forfeit $24,870.47 to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

He will miss Saturday's game at Pittsburgh and Tuesday's home game against New Jersey, and be eligible to return next Friday at Washington.