Red Wings’ Kronwall suspended for game 7 vs Lightning

April 29, 2015

Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall will miss Wednesday’s (April 29) decisive Eastern Conference quarter-final Game Seven against Tampa Bay after he was suspended for a hard check on Nikita Kucherov.

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Kronwall made the hit late in the second period of Monday’s Game Six, which the Lightning won 5-2 to tie the series at three games apiece.

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“What causes this infraction to rise to the level of supplemental discipline is the force with which the hit was delivered and the significant head contact that resulted from Kronwall launching into him,” the NHL said.

The suspension is the first for Kronwall in his 11-year career in the league, all with the Red Wings.