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Gabriel Landeskog suspended for four games

The Avalanche captain gets his 3rd suspension from the NHL.

2017 SAP NHL Global Series - Colorado Avalanche v Ottawa Senators Photo by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Images

Today the NHL has announced that Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for 4 games after cross-checking Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk in the head in Saturday’s game.

The Department of Player Safety issued this message on the incident:

From the clips above, it’s pretty clear Landeskog hit Tkachuk in the head. This isn’t a grey area call, and it’s far from Landeskog’s only brush with the Department of Player Safety:

February 28th, 2015: Fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Mikko Koivu while on the bench.

November 12th, 2015: Suspended 2 games for an illegal check to the head on Brad Marchand.

March 9th, 2016: Suspended 3 games for cross-checking Simon Despres.

Landeskog will sit for the next 4 games. Here’s how the Avalanche could look without him:

Sven Andrighetto - Nathan MacKinnon - Mikko Rantanen
Tyson Jost - JT Compher - Alex Kerfoot
Matt Nieto - Carl Soderberg - Blake Comeau
Gabriel Bourque - Dominic Toninato - Nail Yakupov

Landeskog will not play again until the Avalanche travel to Tampa Bay on December 7th to take on the Lightning.