Boston's David Backes suspended 3 games for hit on Wings' Nielsen

Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended for three games for a shoulder to the head of Detroit's Frans Nielsen.

Detroit forward did not return to game on Tuesday after being hit in the head

Boston's David Backes (42) fights Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson during the second period of Boston's 6-5 win over Detroit Tuesday. Backes was suspended three games on Wednesday for his hit to the head of Detroit's Frans Nielsen. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Boston Bruins forward David Backes has been suspended for three games for a shoulder to the head of Detroit's Frans Nielsen.

The decision was announced by the league Wednesday, a day after Backes knocked Nielsen from Boston's 6-5 overtime victory. Nielsen had already unloaded the puck when Backes drove his shoulder into the Red Wings forward, who fell to the ice, left the game and did not return.

"In addition to the lateness of the check, what elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is the significant head contact that occurs, and the force with which it is delivered," the league's video explanation said.

The fact that Nielsen was injured was taken into account, as was Backes' clean record.

The suspension without pay will cost Backes $96,774.