Canadiens’ Lapierre suspended 4 games for late hit

Montreal Canadiens center Maxim Lapierre has been suspended four

games Friday for a hit on San Jose Sharks center Scott Nichol.

Lapierre knocked Nichol into the end boards 1:50 into the third

period of the Sharks’ 3-2 win Thursday night in San Jose.

Nichol was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

Coach Todd McLellan said Friday that Nichol will likely be

sidelined for 7 to 10 days. No penalty was assessed on the


Lapierre will lose more than $14,000 in pay, with the money

going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.