- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 13, 2001

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Colin Campbell, the director of hockey operations for the NHL, issued the customary statement before the season started that the league intended to crack down any time a player's stick made contact with an opponent's head. But there appears to be a difference this season Campbell means it.
New York Rangers defensemen Igor Ulanov and Dale Purinton were suspended for seven games each without pay yesterday for cross-checking incidents during Wednesday night's game against Washington. The Capitals won the game 5-2.
Purinton nailed Stephen Peat with a cross-check to the head at 3:39 of the first period but was not ejected or penalized for the hit. Ulanov caught Steve Konowalchuk with a cross-check across the face at 13:13 of the third and was assessed a major for his actions and ejected.
Both players had hearings before Campbell in Toronto yesterday and were given heavy sentences because each falls under the "repeat offender" rule, wherein their conduct during the past 18 months is taken into account. Campbell also ruled that the actions of the two players were deliberate, and he lengthened the sentence accordingly.
Purinton forfeits $34,146 in pay, Ulanov $170,731.
Ulanov, a former Cap, slew-footed Cap Jaromir Jagr in the first period, causing a leg injury to the right wing. Jagr missed last night's game in Anaheim, and he is questionable for tonight's game in Phoenix.
Dave Fay


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