Rome suspended 4 games for Horton hit

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome has been suspended for four games by the league for his blindside hit of Boston Bruins forward Nathan Horton in Monday's Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Horton has a severe concussion stemming from the brutal hit and will miss the rest of the playoffs, the team said Tuesday.

Rome was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

"Two factors were considered in reaching this decision," NHL senior vice president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said in a statement Tuesday. "The hit by Rome was clearly beyond what is acceptable in terms of how late it was delivered after Horton had released the puck and it caused a significant injury."

If the Stanley Cup finals end before Game 7, Rome's suspension will carry over to the start of the 2011-12 regular season.