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Panthers’ Sam Bennett banned 3 games for hit to head


NEW YORK (AP) — Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett was suspended three games without pay by the NHL for an illegal check to the head of Montreal Canadiens forward Cedric Paquette during a game Saturday. Bennett, who scored twice during Florida’s 5-2 win, injured Paquette with his hit 3:09 into the first period. Paquette took possession of the puck in front of his own net and turned up ice to make a pass when Bennett glided in and drove a shoulder into Paquette’s head. Paquette left with a neck injury and did not return. Bennett wasn’t penalized on the play.

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