Boston Bruins RW Cam Neely was suspended for five games by the NHL for attempting to injure D Randy Ladouceur of the Hartford Whalers. Neely, who scored 55 goals last season, was given a match penalty after hitting Ladouceur with his stick Nov. 23. Neely, 25, became the sixth player suspended this season for on-ice violence.

"It is clear that after jostling with the Hartford player, Neely swung his stick in a deliberate and severe manner," NHL Executive Vice President Brian O'Neill said. "It must be pointed out that the reaction to aggressiveness by an opponent in this manner cannot be tolerated."

The suspension will take effect Dec. 4 unless the Bruins waive the appeal period.


The New Jersey Devils made a move to bolster their defense by trading C Paul Ysebaert to the Detroit Red Wings for D Lee Norwood and undisclosed future considerations.


D James Patrick re-signed with the New York Rangers for an estimated $2.25 million over three years. Patrick, 27, in the last year of his contract with the team, is the fourth all-time leading scorer among Rangers defensemen with 248 assists and 80 goals in 476 games. He has five goals and 15 assists in 25 games this season, eighth among NHL defensemen in points and second among Rangers defensemen.


The Rangers extended their unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 5-0 victory over Buffalo Monday night. The team is 5-0-5 in the streak, its longest unbeaten streak since 1973-74. The Rangers lost Jan Erixon, their top defensive forward in the first period of the Buffalo game when he sustained a ligament sprain in his right knee. Erixon is expected to miss four weeks. New York defenseman Mark Hardy begins his five-game suspension Wednesday for high-sticking Winnipeg's Doug Evans Nov. 16.


St. Louis RW Brett Hull leads the NHL in shots with 106. Hull also leads in goals with 23. . . . Calgary RW Sergei Makarov, with 10 goals on 27 shots, is the leader in shooting percentage at 37.0.


St. Louis recalled D Dominic Lavoie from Peoria of the IHL to fill in for Harold Snepsts and Glen Featherstone, who are nursing minor injuries.