TORONTO (AP) -The NHL suspended Nashville Predators winger Jordin Tootoo five games for punching Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas in the face.
Robidas was knocked unconscious on the play late in the third period Saturday night in a 3-2 Predators win in Nashville.
"While a player is entitled to defend himself, Mr. Tootoo's forceful blow to Robidas' head was an overly aggressive and inappropriate response," NHL senior executive vice-president and director of hockey operations Colin Campbell said in a statement Monday.
Robidas, who was coming to the defense of star center Mike Modano, was assessed a minor for charging on the play, and Tootoo received a double-minor for roughing.
Robidas was carried off the ice on a stretcher and was taken to hospital. He's out at least a week with a concussion.
Campbell added that the injury sustained by Robidas was a factor in the decision.
The 24-year-old Tootoo has three goals, four assists and 104 penalty minutes in 61 games this season. Robidas has 17 assists and 82 penalty minutes in 71 games.