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Tlusty Feeling Better

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes

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A day after receiving a vicious and illegal check to the head from Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson, Jiri Tlusty is feeling better, according to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The team said that Tlusty, who left dazed in Tuesday night's game and did not return, woke up on Wednesday morning feeling better. He underwent tests this morning, an off day for the team, and is expected to have additional testing on Thursday morning. The Hurricanes are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, the NHL's Department of Player Safety handed down a three-game suspension to Johnson, who was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head during the game.

In a video published by the Department of Player Safety, three main points are stressed:

1) It was an illegal check to the head

2) Tlusty was injured, as he was shaken up and did not return to the game

3) Johnson has no prior disciplinary history

The video notes that, while the hit isn't deemed late, it is most certainly illegal when Johnson elevates and strikes Tlusty's head.

"What no player should have to expect is that his head will be the main point of contact," the video states.

Johnson will not be in the lineup when Columbus visits the Hurricanes on Friday at PNC Arena.

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