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Sharks' Brad Stuart suspended for 3 games for Nash hit

Rick Nash skates during a team practice at

Rick Nash skates during a team practice at Madison Square Garden Training Center. (May 15, 2013) Photo Credit: James Escher

Following a disciplinary hearing, Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart was suspended three games for a head shot that forced Rangers star winger Rick Nash out of Tuesday's game after the first period.

The league's senior vice president of public safety, Brendan Shanahan, said Stuart unnecessarily extended his shoulder to create contact with Nash near the boards at 2:32 of the first period. Stuart had been assessed a two-minute minor for elbowing.

The Rangers did not update Nash's condition today, but Nash said after the game that he had a headache that worsened throughout the evening, and "didn't feel right".

Nash, who played seven more shifts after Stuart’s hit at 2:32 of the first period, said "he caught me right across the head, so, I guess it’s a headshot. I felt it right across here,” pointing to the right side of his face and jaw. “Anytime you get a headshot you’re concerned, to feel the way it feels. It’s not a good feeling.” Nash previously sustained a concussion in February 2012 on a hit from behind by Boston’s Milan Lucic and was on injured reserve for four games.



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