Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/28/11

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 30: Max Pacioretty #67 of the Montreal Canadiens skates the puck through the neutral zone on the offensive rush away from Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on October 30, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 3-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has been suspended three games by the NHL for a hit to the head of Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang. The league made the announcement Monday night, hours after Pacioretty had a hearing over the phone with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Pacioretty struck Letang in the head with his shoulder with 3:14 left in the third period of Montreal's 4-3 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Letang was bloodied and sustained a broken nose, but he returned to the game and scored the winning goal. Pacioretty, who wasn't penalized during the game for the hit, will sit out Wednesday at Anaheim, Thursday at San Jose, and Saturday at Los Angeles and will lose $26,351.34 in salary. He is eligible to return Dec. 6 against Columbus.
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