Ducks' Chris crossed

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:59 AM ET

Chris Pronger's elbow to the head of Dean McAmmond was costly to both the Senators and Ducks.

Pronger has been suspended for a game, while McAmmond, still feeling the after-effects, will also sit out Game 4 tonight.

After an 11 a.m. hearing with Pronger and Ducks' GM Brian Burke, NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell delivered the news just after lunch.

McAmmond, who will likely be replaced by Patrick Eaves, said he was better after getting knocked out, but wasn't "feeling quite right."

"It should have been a suspension because it was a blow to the head," said McAmmond in a statement. "It wasn't incidental. It's not like that couldn't have been avoided."

Campbell said if McAmmond hadn't been hurt, Pronger wouldn't have been suspended.

"The final round is a difficult round to take any player out of," said Campbell. "It's a tough decision to make."

Anaheim assistant GM Bob Murray spoke with McAmmond to make sure he was okay.

"Obviously, we feel that the player didn't intentionally try to hurt Dean McAmmond," said Ducks coach Randy Carlyle. "You accept it and you move on. It's a piece of adversity you have to deal with.

"I'm not unhappy with Chris Pronger. The positives far outweigh the negatives."

The Senators didn't like what Pronger did and believe he got what he deserved.

"The league is trying to come down on hits to the head," said Mike Fisher. "There definitely should (have been) a suspension there.

"(McAmmond) was doing better (yesterday), but he took a pretty good blow and he was out of it for awhile."

A livid Burke said Ottawa winger Chris Neil should be suspended for elbowing Andy McDonald to the head in the second period on Saturday.

Pronger sounded sheepish and didn't blame the media like he did when he was suspended against the Detroit Red Wings in Round 3.

"Hopefully, Dean is okay," said Pronger. "There was no malicious intent. It was just a reaction play.

"Things happen. I don't think any apologies need to be made. That wouldn't do them any good at this point."

The Senators aren't sure Pronger is really feeling remorse.

"There's no question it was a pretty good elbow," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips. You never like to see a guy get hurt and when there's no question it's intentional, there's no place for that."


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