Canadiens forward Paul Byron suspended for hit on MacKenzie Weegar

Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron was suspended three games Wednesday for his hit on the Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar in Tuesday's game.

Byron received a two-minute charging penalty at the 3:40 mark of the second period when he drove Weegar into the boards. The defenseman's helmet came off as a result of the hit and he struggled to get up. He left the game and did not return with what the Panthers said was an upper-body injury.

The Canadiens beat the slumping Panthers 5-1 in the game.

Byron, 29, has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season. The suspension will cost Byron $18,817.

The 25-year-old Weegar has seven points in 42 games.