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Sabres forward Jeff Skinner suspended three games for illegal cross-check

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  • Kyle Evans 

The Buffalo Sabres will be without one of their top goal scorers for the next three games.

The National Hockey League announced Saturday that forward Jeff Skinner has received a three-game suspension for cross-checking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel late in Friday’s 4-3 overtime loss at KeyBank Center.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Skinner will forfeit $145,945.95. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

Skinner will be eligible to return Saturday, December 17, when the Sabres take on the Arizona Coyotes.