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Capitals D Erskine suspended three games

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Washington Capitals defenseman John Erskine was suspended for three games by the NHL for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds during the first period of Friday night's game.

The three-game suspension will cost Erskine $24,324.33.

After throwing what the NHL called a "reckless" elbow that started a fight, Erskine will miss Sunday's afternoon against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a Tuesday game against the Toronto Maple Leafs and another meeting with Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Simmonds suffered head and neck injuries and was sidelined for Saturday's game against Carolina.
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