NHL administers justice for Vermette slash on linesman Shandor Alphonso.

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The National Hockey League suspended Anaheim Ducks center Antoine Vermette 10 games Thursday for his two-handed slash of rookie linesman Shandor Alphonsoduring the Ducks’ Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

In addition to the 10-game ban, Vermette will forfeit $97,222.22 of his salary, based on his annual salary per NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Linesman Shandor Alphonso (Photo/Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images) Linesman Shandor Alphonso (Photo/Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

With 12:30 to go in the third period, Alphonso dropped the puck Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, for a neutral zone faceoff between Vermette and the Wild’s Mikko Koivu.

What happened next has the hockey world shaking its head.

Koivu won the draw and Vermette stayed still, then turned to Alphonso and gave him a two-handed slash across the  back of his right leg. Vermette, 34, a veteran of 968 NHL games, was given a 10-minute…

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