Avalanche's MacDonald suspended two games for head hit on Wild's Hartman

Minnesota Wild's Kirill Kaprizov (97) and Colorado Avalanche's Jacob MacDonald (34) go after the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 7, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. (Stacy Bengs / AP)

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Jacob MacDonald has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman, the NHL's department of player safety announced Thursday.

The incident occurred with close to five minutes remaining in the first period of the Wild's 8-3 win over the Avalanche on Wednesday. Hartman sent a pass from the right circle to the slot when MacDonald came in on the backcheck and delivered a hit to the Wild winger's head. No penalty was called on the play.

The 28-year-old MacDonald has seven points in 27 games for the Avalanche this season.

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