Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Letang suspended 1 game for interference

Letang will miss Wednesday night's Game 4

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Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates his goal with teammate Kris Letang (58) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

NEW YORK (AP) – The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang for one game for an illegal hit on Washington’s Marcus Johansson.

Letang will miss Wednesday night’s Game 4 after the NHL Department of Player Safety ruled Tuesday that Letang made “significant head contact” on Johansson well after the Capitals forward had released the puck during a sequence in the first period during Pittsburgh’s 3-2 win in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday night.

Johansson was carrying the puck into the Pittsburgh zone when he made a pass to the boards as four Penguins converged on him. Letang drilled Johansson in the upper body. The forward briefly left the game before returning.

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