Sharks' Nichol suspended for four games for blow to head

Nichol, 36, will forfeit $16,344 in salary, the NHL said in a release.

Schlemko was injured on the third-period play and did not return to the game Monday, won by the Sharks 4-2. Nichol will be eligible to return on February 2.

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