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Coyotes' Rinaldo suspended 6 games for punching Avalanche's Girard

Coyotes' Rinaldo suspended 6 games for punching Avalanche's Girard
Published On: Thu, Dec 28
Jan 21, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Vancouver Canucks left wing Mike Zalewski (40) tangles with Boston Bruins center Zac Rinaldo (36) during the third period of the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Coyotes forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for six games, the NHLs player safety department announced on Wednesday.

The incident occurred on Dec. 23 when the Coyotes were hosting the Colorado Avalanche. After Rinaldo landed a clean bodycheck on Avalanche centre Nathan Mackinnon, he turned and landed a violent punch on defenceman Samuel Girard. Girard appeared to be following the play but he also skated by and shoved his stick into Rinaldo moments before the punch.

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