Blues' Stewart barred 3 games for Kronwall hit

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart was suspended three games Wednesday for an illegal hit on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall. "The onus is on Stewart to avoid this hit completely or at the very least minimize it," said NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.
Chris Stewart's three-game suspension for an illegal hit against Detroit's Niklas Kronwall is the first of his four-year NHL career. The Blues forward is eligible to return Nov. 23 at Pittsburgh. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart was suspended three games Wednesday for an illegal hit on Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall.

The play occured just inside the Detroit zone during the first period of Tuesday night's game and saw Stewart hammer Kronwall into the boards from behind.

"The onus is on Stewart to avoid this hit completely or at the very least minimize it," league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan said in a video explanation.

It's the first time Stewart has been suspended during his four-year NHL career.

He's eligible to return Nov. 23 at Pittsburgh.

"We respect the decision by Brendan and the National Hockey League as they continue to enforce the safety of all players during our games," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement released by the team.