Pierre-Marc Bouchard suspended

Updated: October 10, 2011, 1:22 PM ET
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NEW YORK -- Minnesota Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard's two-game suspension has been upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, sources told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Bouchard was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for high-sticking Columbus' Matt Calvert in the face Saturday night.

The suspension will cost Bouchard $44,108.

With 1:06 left in the second period in Minnesota's 4-2 victory, Bouchard hit Calvert in the face with his stick, injuring the Columbus player in the process. Bouchard was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking.

Bouchard's agent Allan Walsh issued a statement condemning the suspension, noting that the game officials did not call a major penalty.

"Pierre-Marc Bouchard is one of the most sportsmanlike and gentlemanly players in the game today," Walsh said. "In a career spanning 9 NHL seasons, he's acquired a grand total of 2 major penalties... The notion that Pierre-Marc Bouchard intentionally swung his stick into the face of an opponent is patently absurd. He's just not that kind of player."

Walsh called for a neutral third party "to take over supplementary discipline as this system clearly does not work."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.