Dane Byers Suspended, John Tortorella Fined


November 5, 2009

TORONTO — New York Rangers forward Dane Byers was suspended one game for his role in a fight during the third period of Monday's game in Vancouver.

The NHL announced the punishment Wednesday. Byers will forfeit $2,590 in salary to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Rangers coach John Tortorella was fined $10,000 because one of his players was deemed the instigator of the altercation. His fine goes to the NHL Foundation.

The game was delayed nearly 10 minutes in the third period when Vancouver's Ryan Kessler and New York's Marian Gaborik started a scrum that led to five misconduct penalties.

Byers was involved in the incident. The 23-year-old will sit out Thursday night's game in Edmonton and be eligible to return Saturday in Calgary.

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