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Friday, March 8, 2013
Isles' Brent Thompson suspended

By Katie Strang
ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson has been suspended two games for his outburst at the end of Thursday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the New York Rangers, the league announced Friday.

The entire Islanders bench appeared livid after Marian Gaborik notched the game-winning goal -- a power-play marker -- 42 seconds into overtime. Kyle Okposo received a 10-minute misconduct and the Islanders' team staff received a game misconduct as they exited the ice.

According to the NHL release, Thompson made "inappropriate and abusive" comments toward the officiating crew.

The hooking penalty on Michael Grabner that led to Gaborik's deciding goal appeared clear-cut. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto, tripped on the play, said he felt like he got "mauled."

It is unclear if it was that specific call that drew Thompson's ire or the officiating in general. The Islanders did not receive a power-play opportunity during the game.

Thompson is not eligible to return behind the bench until March 14 against Tampa Bay.