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Blues forward Lapierre suspended five games for hit from behind

Maxim Lapierre is seen in this file photo in Glendale, Arizona, March 21, 2013.

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The National Hockey League handed St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre a five-game suspension Friday for boarding San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle.

The incident occurred at 5:22 of the first period on Tuesday night. Lapierre was assessed a major penalty for checking from behind and a game misconduct.

Lapierre served one game of the suspension while awaiting Friday afternoon's in-person hearing.

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He will forfeit US$28,205.15 in salary.

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