NEWARK NJ - FEBRUARY 04: Darcy Hordichuk #16 of the Florida Panthers battles for the puck against Anton Volchenkov #28 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on February 4 2011 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Anton Volchenkov Suspended Three Games For Elbowing Zach Boychuk

Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils has been suspended three games for elbowing Zach Boychuk of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Anton Volchenkov Suspended Three Games For Elbowing Zach Boychuk

Anton Volchenkov of the New Jersey Devils has been suspended three games by the NHL for elbowing Zach Boychuk of the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night. The news came via his agent, Jay Grossman, who reported it on Twitter

Here's a look at the hit:

Our Devils blog, In Lou We Trust, broke down the video of the hit this morning, before Volchenkov's fate was known. Here's what writer Kevin Sellathamby had to say:

First off, this isn't a blindside hit, and the main cause of this hit is Boychuk not keeping his head up. If he did he might have avoided Volchenkov's elbow and Volchenkov himself. However, it is pretty clear that Volchenkov did extend his elbow. The deciding factor will be the placement of the hit (the head). Because of that, Volchenkov will probably get suspended for his actions.

Boychuk remained in the game after the elbow while Volchenkov served a minor for elbowing. The NHL didn't feel that was enough, and now he'll sit for three games. 

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