The NHL yesterday suspended Islanders LW Gino Odjick for eight games without pay for sucker-punching Penguins D Darius Kasparaitis last week.

Odjick, who sat out Sunday's game against the Flyers pending a hearing, received a major penalty and a game misconduct during the Thursday game in Pittsburgh.

The suspension will cost Odjick $30,867 in salary.

PATRICK HONORS: New Penguins owner Mario Lemieux, GM Craig Patrick and Lou Vairo, director of special projects for USA Hockey, will receive this year's Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to U.S. hockey. The winners will be honored at a luncheon this spring. The award is named for Patrick's grandfather, who was a coach, GM and owner in the NHL. Lemieux, a three-time NHL MVP, bought the Penguins out of bankruptcy last year. Craig Patrick has been the team's GM for 10 years. Vairo was coach of the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and is a former coach of the Devils.

VOKOUN HONORED: Predators G Tomas Vokoun was named the NHL's player of the week after going undefeated in three games. Vokoun, playing in place of starter Mike Dunham, stopped 95 of 99 shots as the Predators extended their unbeaten streak to eight games. In 14 games, Vokoun is 4-8-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average.