The NHL suspended Vancouver's Jannik Hansen one game for the blow to Marian Hossa's head that knocked the Hawks star out of Tuesday's game early in the third period. The league cited the "reckless" and "careless" nature of the hit, but also the fact that Hansen had never been suspended before in making its decision.
Hossa was trying to grab the puck out of the air when he was hit from behind by Hansen.
"While it might be true that Hansen initially reaches up to play the puck in the air, he changes the position of his arm and delivers a sharp, careless forearm to the back of Hossa's head," league discipline czar Brendan Shanahan said.
He also pointed out that Hossa's hand remained open the whole time, while Hansen closed his into a fist. The suspension will cost Hansen $7,297.30.
The Blackhawks were off on Wednesday, so there will be no official update on Hossa's condition until Thursday's practice at Johnny's IceHouse West.