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Alex Edler chases after a loose puck during a gane at Rogers Arena on March 13, 2021 in Vancouver.Rich Lam/Getty Images

The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alexander Edler two games for kneeing Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman.

The collision happened 10 minutes into the second period of Vancouver’s 3-2 overtime win Sunday when Edler took out Hyman right in front of the Leafs bench.

The left-winger dropped hard to the ice and stayed down for several minutes before the play ended and a trainer came to his aid. Hyman went directly to the locker room and did not return to the game.

Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said Monday that Hyman suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament from the hit and will be out at least two weeks.

The Canucks were playing their fist game since March 24 after being sidelined by a COVID-19 outbreak.

Edler will forfeit US$103,448 under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement between the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association.

He will be eligible to return when Vancouver plays host to Ottawa on Saturday.

The Canucks and Maple Leafs meet again Tuesday night in Vancouver.

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