Canucks' Edler suspended for hit on Smith

Canucks defenseman Alex Edler suspended two games for blindside hit on Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Canucks defenseman Alex Edler was suspended Friday for two games for his hit on Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith.

The incident occurred at 18:17 of the second period of Vancouver's 2-1 win Thursday night, with Edler blindsiding Smith as he played the puck behind the net. Smith stayed down on the ice momentarily and left the game at the end of the period. Edler was assessed a five-minute major for charging on the play.

Based on his average annual salary, Edler will forfeit $35,135.14 during his suspension.