NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Devils defenseman Anton Volchenkov has been suspended for three games by the NHL for elbowing Carolina's Zach Boychuk in the head.
Volchenkov had hearing with league officials by telephone on Wednesday and was notified of the suspension, which will cost him $68,548.
The Russian was assessed a two-minute elbowing penalty for the second-period hit in the Devils 3-2 overtime victory over the Hurricanes on Tuesday night. Volchenkov termed the hit "an accident" after practice on Wednesday.
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire said Mark Fraser would replace Volchenkov in the lineup.