Florida Panthers forward Jesse Winchester was suspended three games without pay by the NHL for his elbow to the head of the Bruins' Chris Kelly on Thursday night in the B's 4-1 victory at TD Garden, the league announced.
Brendan Shanahan of the NHL's Department of Player safety said: “Rather than make a legal check, Winchester elevates and extends his left elbow, making significant contact with Kelly’s head. While not all elbowing penalties necessarily rise to the level of supplemental discipline, on this play, the degree to which Winchester extends his elbow and the force of the contact to Kelly’s head is significant.”
Kelly went to the dressing room after the hit, which came at 4:52 of the first period, but returned to the game. No penalty was assessed on the play.
The Bruins' Gregory Campbell later fought Winchester, in apparent retaliation for the hit.
Here's the NHL's full explanation of the suspension with video.