Caps D Green punished for elbowing

TORONTO -- Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green has been suspended three games for elbowing Florida Panthers forward Michael Frolik in the head.

The NHL announced the discipline on Saturday.

Green delivered the hit in the first period of Friday night's 4-1 win over the Panthers. Frolik was not seriously injured and Green was given a minor penalty for elbowing on the play.

The defenseman later had to be helped off the ice after bruising a thigh in a collision with Dmitry Kulikov while going for a loose puck.

He'll be eligible to return Friday night against Atlanta.

Green will lose more than $81,000 in pay with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.