NEW YORK (AP) _ Defenseman Bryan Berard of the Toronto Maple Leafs was suspended for two games by the NHL on Tuesday for his hit to the head of St. Louis left wing Geoff Courtnall.

The hit occurred at 18:54 of the second period of last Saturday's game. No penalty was called on the play.

Berard was also ordered to forfeit two games' pay, or $17,187.50. The money goes to the Players Emergency Assistance Fund.

The hit ``was unnecessary and inappropriate,'' Colin Campbell, the league's director of hockey operations, said in a statement.

Berard, who has played in all eight games this season with two assists and seven penalty minutes, must sit out Wednesday night's game against Carolina and Saturday's game against Montreal.