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Ever since Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton laid out Penguins LW Pascal Dupuis last night, he was assessed a 5 minute major penalty for boarding, a 10 minute game misconduct, and most recently a 2 game suspension. 

This meaning that Sutton, the Islanders best D-man, will miss Tomorrow night's game versus the Florida Panthers and Saturday's game against New Jersey.

This all happened when the Islanders were defending in their zone halfway through the third period. Dupuis, turning, went for the puck behind the net and by this time, Sutton thought Dupuis would turn all the way around to have his shoulder aligned with the boards. While in fact, Dupuis didn't turn all the way around and Sutton was already committed to the hit and accidentally slammed Dupuis' face into the dasher.

A pool of blood formed, Islanders goalie Dwayne Roloson waved over assistance, and while teammates Sidney Crosby and former Islander Billy Guerin escorted Dupuis off the ice, Andy sutton was swiftly escorted to the penalty box, thus making the islanders skate shorthanded for the majority of the remainder of the period.

Andy Sutton was visibly upset about hurting Pascal Dupuis. They have been friends for a long time, teammates in Minnesota and Atlanta. On the season, Andy has 11 points, he's the second highest scoring defenseman on his team( second to Mark Streit). In 09-10 he has 63 penalty minutes, 15 of which came last night. Those 15 are the only penalty minutes Sutton has been assessed because of a hit. He is a clean player, not a goon like Chris Simon, who gave the Islanders a bad name (I hope he's having fun in Russia).

While Andy is sitting out Thursday and Saturday, his fellow defensemen will have their work cut out for them. (Okay maybe not against the ECHL-caliber Florida club but DEFINITELY against the Devils). So in AS25's absence, expect a shakeup in Scott Gordon's defensive pairings.  More news on the matter of this suspension is likely to come so keep up with it here at IslandersHockeyBlog.com