Columbus forward Derek MacKenzie suspended 3 games

Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle fights with Columbus Blue Jackets center Derek MacKenzie during the first period at Arena.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL for Friday for boarding Phoenix defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

No penalty was assessed for the hit in the first period of Columbus’ 2-0 road victory. Ekman-Larsson didn’t return to the game and missed practice Friday. The Coyotes said only that he had an upper-body injury.

The suspension will cost MacKenzie $15,385.