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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Mark Fistric suspended 3 games

By Mark Stepneski

The NHL Wednesday suspended Stars defenseman Mark Fistric three games for his hit on New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter in Saturday's game at American Airlines Center.

NHL Senior VP of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan said the hit was a violation of rule 42.1 (charging) and resulted in an injury to Niederreiter, who is out with a concussion.

"We'll live by the suspension," said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "I think it's a very difficult job that Brendan Shanahan does and I respect the job that he is doing. We'll live with it."

The suspension will cost Fistric $16,216.23, which goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Here's the video explanation from Shanahan.