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Chris Wideman suspended for a match

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Chris Wideman was suspended for a game for heading Boston Bruins forward Erik Haula, the National League (NHL) player safety department said Thursday.

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Wideman is therefore penalized for his act committed during the 5 to 1 loss conceded by his family on Wednesday at TD Garden. During a scuffle in the third period, the Habs color-bearer was held back by his rival and retaliated by hitting him with the head, which obviously raised the ire of Haula.

“It’s important to note that Wideman makes clear and intentional contact with his helmet in Haula’s face. It is an unacceptable head butt in the face of his opponent, with force, ”detailed the NHL in an explanatory video.

The full-back was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct as a result of the skirmish. He will miss the scheduled game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. Wideman has never been suspended in 204 games on the Bettman Tour.

Earlier this season, St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich was suspended two games for a header to Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse.

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