TORONTO (AP) - Toronto Maple Leafs right winger Mike Brown was suspended for three games without play by the NHL on Friday for a hit to the head on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski.
Late in the second period in Phoenix's 5-1 home victory Thursday night, Brown leveled Jovanovski with a shoulder hit to the head. No penalty was called on the play. Jovanovski sat out the third period because of a lower-body injury sustained on the play, the Coyotes said after the game.
"It's the game of hockey and I play that style of game," Brown said Thursday night. "I'd never try to hurt anyone. If he hadn't reached for the puck his head wouldn't have gone down. The refs made a good call. Obviously, they didn't call it for a reason. It wasn't a bad hit."
The suspension will cost Brown $8,669. He has a goal, two assists and 36 penalty minutes in 23 games for Toronto this season.