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Kronwall ‘extremely disappointed’ with Game 7 suspension

Niklas Kronwall

Detroit Red Wings’ Niklas Kronwall (55) of Swedenin the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Jim Mone

Niklas Kronwall met with reporters on Wednesday, making his first comments since being suspended for Game 7 of the Tampa Bay series for a charge on Bolts forward Nikita Kucherov:

Nik Kronwall said he’s “extremely disappointed” about suspension. “I don’t agree with the decision”

— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) April 29, 2015

Kronwall said he disagrees. Didn’t think he traveled distance. Didn’t think both feet left ice at impact.

— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) April 29, 2015

“Last two nights have been not great.” - Niklas Kronwall on how he’s slept since Game 6 hit. Suspended for Game 7 #RedWings#TBLightning

— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) April 29, 2015

One guy not interested in talking about the Kronwall suspension was Detroit head coach Mike Babcock, who’d only say “I think if I talk about Game 7, then I won’t get fined.”

As for tonight, Kronwall won’t be the only veteran d-man out of the lineup. Marek Zidlicky has been sidelined by a concussion, forcing Detroit to ice a six-man defensive unit comprised of:

Jonathan Ericsson — Alexey Marchenko
Danny DeKeyser — Kyle Quincey
Brendan Smith — Jakub Kindl

Replacing veterans Kronwall and Zidlicky will be tough. The pair combined to play over 41 minutes in Monday’s Game 6 loss in Detroit.