Blackhawks' Hjalmarsson suspended two games for hit

TORONTO (Reuters) - Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson has been suspended for two games for a hit from behind that injured Buffalo's Jason Pominville, the NHL said Wednesday.

Hjalmarsson also was fined nearly $38,000 in salary for the hit into the boards during Monday's 4-3 Blackhawks victory in Buffalo, the NHL said in a news release. Pominville suffered a concussion from the hit and left the game on a stretcher.

Hjalmarsson will miss games against Nashville on Wednesday and at Columbus on Friday. He is eligible to return Saturday against the Sabres in Chicago.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina., Editing by Steve Ginsburg)