The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced this evening that Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has been suspended for three games without pay due to an illegal hit to the head of New Jersey Devils' forward Dainus Zubrus.
Myers was assessed a two-minute penalty for the play that occurred at 7:02 of the third period in Saturday night's tilt between the Sabres and the visiting Devils, and was followed up by a phone call from the league that has been no stranger to suspensions this season.
The video explanation provided by the NHL states that, "Myers unnecessarily extends upwards and launches himself into Zubrus' head, making it the main point of contact. That is an illegal check to the head."
Zubrus remained down on the ice momentarily, but luckily did not sustain an injury on the play and was able to finish out the game.
The suspension handed down today to Myers was Buffalo's third of the season. Patrick Kaleta and John Scott were each assessed suspensions for illegal checks to the head in October, with Kaleta serving 10 games while Scott sat out for seven.