Islanders Ross Johnston suspended three games for hit to head

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Dec 11, 2021; Elmont, New York, USA; New York Islanders left wing Ross Johnston (32) skates with the puck against New Jersey Devils during the first period at UBS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports

New York Islanders forward Ross Johnston has been suspended by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Friday for an illegal check to the head on New Jersey Devils forward A.J. Greer.

Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Johnston forfeits $15,000. This will go to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Johnston delivered the hit in the offensive zone late in the first period of the Islanders’ 3-2 win over the Devils on Thursday at Elmont, N.Y. He was assessed a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

Greer returned to the game after the hit. He exited midway through the third period with an undisclosed injury.

Johnston, 27, has two assists in nine games this season. He has 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 95 career games with the Islanders.