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Avalanche’s McLeod suspended five games for boarding Red Wings’ Kronwall

Colorado Avalanche Avalanche Cody McLeod (55) during a second period fight with Toronto Maples LeafLeaf Troy Bodie (40) during NHL action at the Air Canada centre on Oct 8 2013.

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Colorado Avalanche forward Cody McLeod has been suspended for five games for boarding Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall during a game last Thursday.

McLeod was assessed a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for boarding when he hit Kronwall at 2:13 of the first period in Detroit's 4-2 win in Denver.

Kronwall suffered a concussion on the play. He has since resumed skating with the Red Wings.

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The suspension will cost McLeod US$29,487.20. It is the first time he has been fined or suspended in his seven-year career.

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