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Vancouver Canucks Alex Edler suspended two games

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler has been suspended two games by the NHL for kneeing Leafs forward Zach Hyman.

The incident happened at the end of a three-minute shift for Edler, who stuck his knee out catching Hyman in then neutral zone halfway through the second frame.

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Hyman didn’t return to the game, while Edler was dolled a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Edler doesn’t have any recent history with the league’s department of player safety. He’s only been suspended twice by the league, both in 2013, when he got a three-game suspension for a hit to Tomas Hertl’s head, and a two-game suspension for charging Mike Smith. Edler also earned a four-game ban from the IIHF that year for a knee-on-knee hit with Eric Staal in the 2013 world championship.

The Canucks, who took the game in thrilling fashion with a 3-2 OT win, play the Leafs again Tuesday.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]