Justin Faulk

Ducks' Nate Thompson suspended for three games

Ducks' Nate Thompson suspended for three games

Ducks forward Nate Thompson on Monday was suspended three games by the NHL for his hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday in Anaheim.

Thompson will lose $25,806.45 in salary.

The Ducks start a trip Thursday in Buffalo and Thompson will be eligible to return Dec. 22 at the New York Rangers.

The incident between Thompson and Faulk came at 6 minutes 25 seconds of the first period. Thompson received a five-minute major for elbowing and an automatic game misconduct. Faulk remained in the game.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety explained the decision, calling it an “illegal check” to the head, noting on the video...