Isles’ Johnston gets 3-game ban for illegal check


NEW YORK — Islanders forward Ross Johnston was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Friday for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey Devils forward A.J. Greer.

Johnston was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head early in the first period of the Islanders’ 3-2 home victory Thursday night.

The suspension will cost Johnston $15,000. The 6-foot-5 left wing has two assists in nine games this season.

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