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Jason Zucker suspended for Coyotes’ next three games

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After having a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety, the verdict is in on what punishment Arizona Coyotes winger Jason Zucker would receive for boarding Florida Panthers forward Nick Cousins last night.

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Zucker will be suspended for the next three games for the Coyotes.

In the 4-1 loss for Arizona, Cousins hit Juuso Välimäki while Välimäki was on both of his knees to block the puck from exiting the Coyotes’ offensive zone.

As a response, Zucker checked Cousins from behind. Instantly, Cousins face hit the glass before dropping to the ice immediately after.

Zucker and Gustav Forsling fought soon after both teams surrounded Zucker.

Jan 2, 2024; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona Coyotes left wing Jason Zucker (16) fights Florida Panthers defenseman Gustav Forsling (42) during the second period at Mullett Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The officials handed Zucker a five-minute major for boarding and a 10-minute misconduct.

There has not been any indications that Cousins will be suspended, but it was announced by Florida head coach Paul Maurice that Cousins is in concussion protocol, according the Panthers’ X (formerly Twitter) account.

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Alec Cipollini is a reporter of the Arizona Coyotes and Cardinals for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account @AlecCipollini

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