Carl Hagelin will miss Games 3, 4 and 5 of the New York Rangers series against the Ottawa Senators after his brutal elbow to the head of Daniel Alfredsson during Game 2. Brendan Shanahan of the NHL's Department of Player Safety made the decision on Sunday, and he announced it via a video on the league's website.
"It is important to note that Alfredsson suffered an injury on this play," Shanahan said. That's been the standard to which they've decided suspensions in these playoffs, and it's likely why Hagelin will miss time. Alfredsson's status is unknown for Game 3 at Scotiabank Place on Monday.
Hagelin's a vital player for the Rangers, and his absence from the lineup wil no doubt hurt their chances now that the series moves to Ottawa tied at a game apiece. Of course, you won't hear much remorse from Senators fans, who lost their captain as a result of this hit. New York could opt to put rookie Chris Kreider in the lineup for his NHL debut to replace Hagelin.