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Jesse Winchester suspended three games for hit on Chris Kelly

Florida’s Jesse Winchester has been suspended three games for his hit on Chris Kelly [1] Thursday, the NHL [2] announced Friday night.

The hit occurred in the first period of Thursday’s game. Winchester went into the corner to throw a hit on Kelly, and wound up leaving his feet and catching Kelly with an elbow directly to the head.

Kelly missed a shift, but wound up playing the rest of the game.

Winchester had never been suspended prior to this.