The incident took place at 12:47 of the first period of The Blue Jackets' 4-3 win over the Red Wings in Columbus on Tuesday. Comeau hit Smith into the boards as the defenceman skated into the Detroit zone to retrieve a loose puck in the corner.
Comeau was assessed a minor penalty for boarding on the play.
Comeau will forfeit US$10,256.42 in salary. He is eligible to return when Columbus hosts Carolina on Tuesday.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4