Leafs' Joffrey Lupul suspended two games for hit on Victor Hedman

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has been suspended by the NHL for two games for a hit to the head of Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman in Wednesday night's 4-2 Leafs win.

The hit came early in the third period, when Lupul skated beside Hedman and hit him up high, making the principal point of contact Hedman's head. He was given just a two-minute minor on the play, but the league determined it to be far worse than that, giving Lupul two games.

Oh, and he is out a good chunk of money.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Lupul will forfeit $45,945.94. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

In the video explanation, Rob Blake -- not Brendan Shanahan -- explains that Lupul targeted and made Hedman's head the principal point of contact. It was clear from watching it, especially on replay, that Lupul elevated to make the hit. That's a no-no.

If you're going to hit Hedman in the head, you're going to have to rise a little bit; he's a pretty big guy.

The only surprise for me was that Lupul received only two minutes in the game. The suspension figured to be coming; you just can't go up to hit a guy up high, especially when it's from the blind side.

Hedman left the game for a bit but did return. Add that to the fact that Lupul has no history as far as the department of player safety is concerned, and you have a two-game suspension, all based on the hit.

It's not a good break for the Leafs, who have really enjoyed having Lupul back on the ice after his injury. He has been very effective, particularly in teaming up with Nazem Kadri. He has three goals and one assist in five games.

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