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Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers suspended three games for head hit

Monday, 01.16.2012 / 8:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Dane Byers was suspended three games by the NHL on Monday after hitting San Jose Sharks centre Andrew Desjardins in the head.

The play occurred during the second period of Saturday's game in Columbus and resulted in Byers receiving a match penalty.

NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan ruled that it was in violation of Rule 48 governing hits to the head.

"Byers is in position to make a full bodycheck in which Desjardins' shoulder or chest will be the principal point of contact," said Shanahan. "However, Byers rises up and finishes high upon impact driving his left shoulder up and into Desjardins' head."

Byers will forfeit US$8,918.91 in salary.

It was the second suspension of his brief NHL career.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the OT winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round