"While he has not been involved in a supplemental discipline incident previously and it is fortunate that his opponent returned to play in the game, Volchenkov delivered an illegal blow to the head," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
The incident occurred at 9:02 of the second period and Volchenkov was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing.
His fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
Volchenkov will miss the Devils' next three games -- Feb. 10 at Toronto, Feb. 11 vs. San Jose and Feb. 16 vs. Carolina. He is eligible to return Feb. 18 vs. New York Rangers.
This is a big year for us in a lot of ways. You can see Garth and management really trying to find that solution to get us into the playoffs and consistently have that. The pressure is great. You have to enjoy it. It just means there's a great opportunity ahead of you.