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Monday, January 9, 2012
Jean-Francois Jacques banned 3 games

By Dan Arritt
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Anaheim Ducks winger Jean-Francois Jacques was suspended Monday for the second time this season, the result of an elbow to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger with about five minutes remaining in a 7-4 victory Sunday night at Honda Center.

Jacques, who received a five-minute major penalty for the elbow, was suspended three games by the league, which took into account his classification as a repeat offender, and will forfeit $23,780.49 in salary. Jacques was suspended for four preseason games and five regular-season games after coming off the bench with the intention of fighting Mike Duco of Vancouver during a preseason game Sept. 24.

"J.F. hit a player that was vulnerable after shooting the puck, and he needs to be more aware in those situations," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a statement. "We accept the league's ruling and will move forward."

Jacques, who has gone back and forth this season between the Ducks and their AHL affiliate in Syracuse, will miss games Tuesday against visiting Dallas, Thursday at Calgary and Friday at Edmonton.

A center-ice hit by Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin on Columbus forward Jeff Carter, which resulted in a separated shoulder by Carter, was also reviewed by the league Monday but no fines or suspensions were handed down.

Dan Arritt covers the NHL for ESPNLosAngeles.com.