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Scott Nichol suspended 4 games

TORONTO -- The NHL has suspended San Jose Sharks forward Scott Nichol four games for delivering a hit to the head of Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko.

The NHL announced the suspension in a release Tuesday.

The incident occurred midway through the third period of San Jose's 4-2 victory Monday night. No penalty was assessed on the play.

Schlemko was hurt on the play and did not return.

Nichol will forfeit $16,344 in salary. He will be eligible to return Feb. 2 at Anaheim.