Tyler Myers suspended three games for illegal hit to the head

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

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Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers was handed a three-game suspension by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday for his hit to the head of Devils forward Dainius Zubrus on Saturday night.

The hit was an easy target for the NHL to go after as Myers, who is a mammoth on skates as it is, clearly launched himself upward from a low position and into the head of Zubrus coming down the boards. It was the elevation that was unnecessary that was the problem as Zubrus was eligible to be checked.

Zubrus did remain in the game and there was no injury (or so it seems), which helped Myers' case but he has been suspended before, which obviously doesn't help his case.

Myers, a former Calder Trophy winner, has played in all 42 games this season, racking up four goals and eight assists in 21:47 of ice time per game. He will miss games against Carolina, Florida and at Washington during his suspension.

Myers is also fined $84,615.39, three games' salary.

 
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