Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Pavel Kubina was suspended for three games for elbowing Chicago forward Dave Bolland in the head.

The incident incurred early in the first period of Tampa Bay's overtime win over the Blackhawks on Wednesday.

Kubina, 33, will also forfeit just over $60,000 US in salary. He has appeared in all 67 of the team's games so far this season, helping the Lightning to a turnaround into playoff position.

Kubina will miss games against Ottawa, Florida and Toronto and will be eligible to return March 17 at Montreal.