Bourque banned five games for elbowing Backstrom


Flames forward Rene Bourque has been suspended five games for elbowing Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom in the head on Tuesday.

The punishment will cost Bourque, a repeat offender, $203,252.05 in salary.

Or, to put it another way, he’ll forfeit the approximate cost of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG that Taylor Lautner bought in August. (Hey, search “$200,000 car” and that’s what comes up. Don’t blame me. Blame our celebrity-obsessed society.)

Anyway, here’s Brendan Shanahan explaining the suspension.