Blackhawks Defenseman Brent Seabrook Suspended Three Games

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday.

The suspension came down after Seabrook laid a hit on St. Louis Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series.  His right elbow and shoulder connected with Backes' head with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.  Backes was then thrown into the boards and onto the floor.

Seabrook received a five-minute major penalty for charging and a game misconduct.  He had a phone hearing with the league Sunday morning.

After the game, Seabrook apologized and expressed his concern for Backes.

"I was just trying to make a play on Backes," Seabrook said. "I thought the puck was there. I was on [Alexander] Steen. I was just coming down the wall and I just tried to finish my hit.

"I feel bad seeing a guy like that on the ice. I've been there myself, and I'm not trying to target his head. I'm not trying to do anything like that. It doesn't feel good to see a player like that lying there like that, and knowing that I hit him. It wasn't my intent. I thought it was a hit. It's a physical series, hits have been laid like that from both sides the whole series, so we'll see what happens."

The Blues lead the Blackhawks 2-0 with Game 3 set for Monday night in Chicago.

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