New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Hockey League handed down a four-game suspension to Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien on Thursday.

Byfuglien received the punishment for cross-checking forward J.T. Miller during Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers.

The incident occurred at 17:20 of the second period. Miller fell to the ice as he swatted at a rebound just outside the crease. While Miller was on his side, Byfuglien forcefully drove his stick into the back of Miller's neck.

Byfuglien will be eligible to return for the Jets' regular-season finale on April 11 against Calgary.