The NHL suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Deryk Engelland for five games on Wednesday after a hit to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader on Saturday night.
"Engelland tucks his shoulder and drives through Abdelkader, recklessly picking his head and making it the main point of contact," said Patrick Burke of the NHL Department of Player Safety in announcing the suspension. "Abdelkader is leaning forward and his head is exposed."
Engelland was ejected at 19:30 of the first period and received a match penalty for the illegal check to Abdelkader's head. Abdelkader left the game and has not played since then while undergoing the league's concussion protocol.
The 31-year-old Engelland will sit out games against the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes. He will not be eligible to return until a Dec. 29 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He also was fined $14,529.90 that will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.
It was not the first punishable incident for Engelland. He was suspended three games for a hit on Chicago's Marcus Kruger during the 2011-12 season.