Slasher Johnson suspended for breaking hand of Nielsen

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been officially suspended for an horrific slash on New York Islanders' Frans Nielsen. 

It seems Johnson's Olympic break will be even longer now thanks to his reckless behaviour. The NHL's department of Player Safety explained the suspension in this video online. 

In the video you can visibly see the violent slash, which reportedly broke Nielsen's hand, and it's no wonder he was suspended from the NHL for two games. 

The only thing about the decision to suspend Johnson that is bizarre is the fact that he was only given two games.

The NHL's DPS did a great job of explaining the reasons for the ban and why it was only two games. Because it's only Johnson's first suspension of his career it seems he has got off very light. 

The sad news for the Islanders though is that Nielsen could well be out for much longer than the Olympic break. 

The suspension will see Johnson fined $38,461.54 as the Collective Bargaining Agreement states, and the money will be donated to the Player’s Emergency Assistance Fund.

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