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NHL suspends Coyotes captain Doan 3 games

03/22/2012 01:19 EDT | Updated 05/21/2012 05:12 EDT

Phoenix Coyotes forward Shane Doan was suspended three games by the NHL late Wednesday for an incident that occurred in the previous night's game in Dallas.

Doan incurred the penalty for elbowing Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn during a Tuesday contest. The Stars prevailed in an exciting contest, 4-3 in a shootout.

Doan, 35, will also forfeit over $166,400 US in salary.

"I accept the NHL's decision and ruling," Doan said in a statement issued by the team. "I am thankful that Jamie Benn was not hurt on the play. I recognize how bad it looked but there was no intent to injure him. Jamie Benn is a class act and I appreciate how he handled everything. I apologize to the NHL, my teammates and our fans for missing the next 3 games as we continue to fight for a playoff spot."

The Coyotes, ninth in the Western Conference, begin a span of three games in four nights Thursday at home against Colorado. Doan will also miss games against San Jose and St. Louis.

He will be eligible to return for a March 29 game against the Pacific Division rival Sharks.

It is the second time the Phoenix captain has been disciplined in less than a week. He received a $2,500 fine for boarding Calgary defenceman Mark Giordano in a game last week.

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