Blackhawks forward Drake Caggiula has been suspended for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers after delivering an illegal check to the head on Edmonton Oilers forward Tyler Ennis in Game 1, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced Sunday.
The incident occurred at the 7:42 mark of the second period after Caggiula's right shoulder made contact with Ennis' head. Caggiula was not assessed a penalty on the play and Ennis stayed in the game.
This is the first time Caggiula has been suspended in his four-year NHL career. He registered four hits and one blocked shot in 11:25 of ice time during the Blackhawks' 6-4 win over the Oilers on Saturday.
"I feel bad for [Caggiula]," head coach Jeremy Colliton said. "He’s been excited about this series, playing his old team. Just kind of a bang-bang play. He went hard, I don’t think — he definitely wasn't trying to catch him in the head, but he did. The NHL made the decision and, of course, we wish we had him in the lineup, but we won’t."
The Blackhawks and Oilers will square off for Game 2 on Monday at 9:30 p.m.