Penguins Coach Herb Brooks was suspended indefinitely yesterday by the NHL for a profanity filled tirade at a television commentator.

After the Penguins' 4-3 loss at Colorado Thursday, Brooks had to be restrained by security from going after Avalanche television play-by-play announcer John Kelly.

Kelly suggested Penguins F Matthew Barnaby faked an injury after being hit by Colorado's Alexei Gusarov with 27 seconds left in the game. Barnaby was on the ice, apparently unconscious, for about a minute before being taken to the locker room. No penalty was called. Brooks said Gusarov should have been assessed a major penalty.

The NHL said a hearing on the case will be scheduled for next week. The suspension began with last night's game at Nashville.

LINDROS SIDELINED: Flyers captain Eric Lindros is expected to be out of action for about a week after suffering the third concussion of his career.

Gary Dorshimer, the Flyers' team physician, said yesterday that Lindros suffered a mild, Grade 2 concussion during Philadelphia's 1-0 loss at Atlanta Friday night.

"On the average, it would be about a week if everything comes along as expected," Dorshimer said.

MUCKALT OUT: Bill Muckalt will miss the remainder of the Islanders' season because of a dislocated shoulder that requires surgery.