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With the Islanders in action Saturday night against St. Louis, the disciplinary hearing for center Casey Cizikas needed to be held quickly.  That indeed happened, as the Department of Player Safety has made their ruling, announcing that the veteran has received a one-game suspension for his hit on Carolina defenseman Brendan Smith on Friday night.

New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas has received a one-game suspension. © Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas has received a one-game suspension.

The incident occurred just seven seconds into the third period with Cizikas receiving a minor penalty on the play.  Smith, meanwhile, left the game and did not return with no word on how long he might be out for.  It’s the first time that Cizikas has received any sort of supplementary discipline from the league.

Barzal, Varlamov help Islanders beat rival Rangers 3-0

  Barzal, Varlamov help Islanders beat rival Rangers 3-0 NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal likes playing at Madison Square Garden. It helps that both he and the New York Islanders have been successful there. Barzal had a goal and an assist, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for his 36th career shutout and the Islanders beat the rival Rangers 3-0 on Friday night. Barzal has 17 points in 12 career games on the Garden ice. “Any player that comes into MSG gets a little bit more fired up, there's so muchBarzal had a goal and an assist, Semyon Varlamov stopped 27 shots for his 36th career shutout and the Islanders beat the rival Rangers 3-0 on Friday night. Barzal has 17 points in 12 career games on the Garden ice.

Cizikas will forfeit $12.5K in salary as a result of the suspension, and the money will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.  He will be eligible to return to New York’s lineup on Tuesday when they host Pittsburgh.

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