Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, left, of Sweden, drives for a shot as Florida Panthers right wing Reilly Smith defends in the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
David Zalubowski

Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog hit Ducks defenseman Simon Despres in the neck with his stick on Wednesday night.

March 10, 2016

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was suspended Thursday for three games by the NHL for a cross-check on an Anaheim defenseman.

Landeskog hit Simon Despres in the neck area with his stick midway through the third period of a win Wednesday night. There was no penalty on the play.

After the game Wednesday, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said he hadn't seen the hit, but ''the league will look at it I'm sure.''

The league considered Landeskog a repeat offender after the forward was suspended two games earlier in the season for an illegal check on Boston forward Brad Marchand.

Landeskog will be docked $203,832.75 in salary. Colorado is in a heated race with Minnesota for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

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