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Pascal Dupuis, centre, is helped from the ice by teammates Sidney Crosby, right, and Bill Guerin after he was run into the boards in the third period of their NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.

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New York Islanders defenceman Andy Sutton was suspended two games Wednesday after leaving Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis bloodied with a hit from behind.

Sutton was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for boarding after hammering Dupuis with less than three minutes to play in New York's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

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He expressed remorse after the game.

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"I feel awful," Sutton told Newsday. "I played with Pascal for a long time (in Minnesota and Atlanta) and I obviously never intended that to happen."

Sutton will forfeit more than $31,000 in salary because of the suspension. He's eligible to return to the Islanders lineup on Jan. 26 against Washington.

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