- The Washington Times - Friday, April 2, 2010

Following his hit during Thursday’s 2-1 loss to Washington, Atlanta forward Colby Armstrong was suspended two games by the NHL for his hit on Mathieu Perreault.

In the second period of the contest, Armstrong delivered a dangerous hit to Perreault in the Thrashers’ zone, leading with his leg and delivering an elbow and punch to the head of Perreault, leaving the Caps forward on the ice. Perreault was able to return to the contest, while Armstrong was given just a two-minute minor for holding on the play.

The Capitals, who have seen both ends of the NHL discipline spectrum this season, certainly wanted Armstrong punished for the play.

“It was flagrant,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau said following the game. “An elbow to the head is an elbow to the head.”

“I just tried to reach out and get a piece of him,” Armstrong told reporters in his defense after the loss. “I was going to go right through him. I think he kind of bailed on the hit a little bit. I didn’t mean to get my arms up into his neck or anything like that. I saw the replay and I just tried to get a piece of him as he came by me. It’s just one of those plays. I didn’t mean to do that.

Armstrong will miss the next two games, but can return to the lineup on April 9 when the Thrashers pay their final regular season visit to Washington.

As for Perreault, even though he finished the contest, he was assigned to Washington’s AHL affiliate in Hershey Friday, as the rest of the Capitals head to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets Saturday night.

• Ted Starkey can be reached at tstarkey@washingtontimes.com.old.

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