Leafs' MacArthur gets 2 games for elbow on Abdelkader

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur suspended for the remainder of the pre-season and two regular-season games for his elbow to the head of Detroit winger Justin Abdelkader.

The ban was handed down on Saturday after MacArthur met with NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan.

This makes the ninth suspension Shanahan has issued in the pre-season.

The hit occurred during Friday’s exhibition contest at Joe Louis Arena near the end of the third period.

After the elbow, Abdelkader got up and began to throw punches at MacArthur.

No penalty was assessed on the play, and the Leafs eventually scored in overtime to earn a 4-3 victory.

"Obviously I wasn't trying to target his head... I just grazed him and I think he was trying to draw a penalty," MacArthur told reporters after the game.

"It was just one of those plays [that] hopefully it shows it on the tape. But I was obviously going for his shoulder and trying to get out of the zone with the puck there."

MacArthur will forfeit $35,135.14 US and is eligible to return on Oct. 15 against the Calgary Flames.

So far this pre-season, Shanahan has dished out suspensions totalling 31-regular season games, resulting in $700,000 in lost salary.

With files from The Canadian Press