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DETROIT -- Jonathan Toews needs more time, so he will miss at least one more game and his regular season is over.

After a disciplinary hearing Thursday morning, the NHL decided to suspend Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland three games for hitting Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger in the head with his left forearm on Tuesday.

Engelland was not penalized during the game for his hit, where he left his feet and made direct contact with Kruger's head at 8:55 in the first period.

The NHL, though, thought it was "a recklessly targeted shot to Kruger's head." The league took into consideration that Kruger suffered a concussion on the play and also that Engelland hasn't been suspended before in his three-year career.

Here is NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's video explanation of the play and ruling:


It was a scary moment for a player who is very valuable for the Blackhawks and who has endured other injury-causing hits in the past.

The uncertain status of defenseman Brent Seabrook looms large for the Hawks. Seabrook left Sunday's 4-2 victory against the Calgary Flames with what's believed to be a concussion.


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