Two games for submarine hit

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:13 AM ET

It didn't take long for the NHL to take action against Jaroslav Spacek.

The Chicago Blackhawks defenceman was suspended two games without pay for his head-first lunge at Calgary Flames forward Byron Ritchie's knees Monday afternoon.

The Flames provided no update on Ritchie's condition and no comment on the suspension. The centre received treatment at the 'Dome yesterday.

He was hit by Spacek, who was handed a minor penalty, at the 'Hawks blueline while racing in on an apparent two-on-one. Spacek came off the bench on a late line change and dove at Ritchie in a desperate attempt to break up the play, hitting the forward around the knees. Ritchie had to be helped off the ice and left the game in obvious pain.

Spacek, who will lose $22,959.18 in salary because of the suspension, missed last night's game against Edmonton and will sit out tomorrow's game against Vancouver -- both Calgary rivals in the Northwest Division.


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