Colorado Avalanche center Kevin Porter has been suspended four games for kneeing Vancouver Canucks left wing David Booth.
Porter was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct for the play. Booth sprained his right MCL on the hit and is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks.
"This is not a full body check during which there was some knee-to-knee contact," NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said. "Nor is it a kneeing penalty resulting from the attacking player making a sudden, evasive move just prior or simultaneous with contact.
"What is especially troubling about this hit is the distance Porter travels with his knee extended in this position. While it can be argued that Porter's history and the situation of the game would suggest that there was no malicious intent, it still was an extremely reckless hit that caused a severe injury."