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Rangers' Hagelin suspended for 3 games

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The NHL suspended New York Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin for three games, and Ottawa Senators forward Matt Carkner was suspended for one game on Sunday as a result of incidents during Saturday's game.

Hagelin was suspended for his hit on Senators captain Daniel Aldredsson. NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan called the second-period hit "a reckless strike to the side of Alfredsson's head."

Hagelin checked Alfredsson in the corner, and his elbow hit Alfredsson in the head. Hagelin was given a five-minute elbowing major. Alfredsson had to leave the game and did not return.

Hagelin had texted Alfredsson after the game Saturday to apologize for the hit.

In two playoff games, Hagelin, 23, had one assist. In 64 regular-season games, he had 14 goals and 24 assists.

Carkner was suspended because he continued to inflict punishment on an opponent who didn't want to fight. Carkner started the altercation with New York forward Brian Boyle and continued to throw punches after knocking Boyle to the ice.

Carkner was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.
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