Caps' Mike Green suspended for head shot

Reuters

Washington Capitals' defenceman Mike Green has been suspended for an illegal hit on Tampa's Brett Connolly. FILE PHOTO: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

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Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green has been suspended three games for delivering an illegal hit to the head, the National Hockey League said on Friday.

The incident occurred midway through the second period of a 3-2 home win over the Tampa Bay on Thursday when Green drove his shoulder into the head Lightning forward Brett Connolly.

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No penalty was called on the play.

The Capitals, who are battling for playoff spot, will be without Green for games against the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.