The NHL suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Ryan White for five games without pay for his illegal check on Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kent Huskins during Monday night's game, the league's department of player safety announced Wednesday.
The suspension will result White losing $18,581.10 based on his contract, but he will be able to return for Montreal's regular-season finale.
White received a match penalty for an illegal check to the head in the first period. Huskins had passed the puck when White hit Huskins in the chin with a shoulder. Huskins suffered a concussion on the play.
"Huskins is eligible to be checked on this play," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. "However, if White wants to finish this check, he needs to take a different angle and hit Huskins more through the body. Instead, he overshoots Huskins and drives up through the head with significant force, picking Huskins' head and causing an injury."