Oilers’ Sutton suspended for 8 games

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton has been suspended without pay by the NHL for eight games for charging Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky on Wednesday night.

The suspension Saturday will cost Sutton $207,317. He was given a minor penalty for boarding on the play in the third period of the Oilers’ 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

Suspended for the second time in the past 18 months, Sutton is classified as a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. He was suspended for five games Nov. 1 for an illegal hit to the head against Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.