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Rene Bourque suspended five games

Updated: January 5, 2012, 2:20 PM ET
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Calgary Flames left wing Rene Bourque has been suspended for five games for hitting the Washington Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom in the head with his elbow, the NHL announced Thursday.

As a repeat offender under the terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement, Bourque was fined $203,252, which will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund. He was suspended two games last month for a hit on Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks.

"I acknowledge my mistake, regret ...

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