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Tuomo Ruutu handed three-game suspension for vicious hit on Darcy Tucker

Linesman Jonny Murray, left, escorts Carolina Hurricanes right winger Tuomo Ruutu, of Finland, off the ice after he earned a game misconduct for a penalty on Colorado Avalanche right winger Darcy Tucker in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Zalubowski

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Linesman Jonny Murray, left, escorts Carolina Hurricanes right winger Tuomo Ruutu, of Finland, off the ice after he earned a game misconduct for a penalty on Colorado Avalanche right winger Darcy Tucker in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/David Zalubowski

NEW YORK - Carolina Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu has been suspended three games for his hit on Colorado's Darcy Tucker.

The NHL announced the suspension Saturday after Ruutu hit Tucker hard into the boards during Colorado's 5-4 victory Friday.

Tucker suffered a concussion while Ruutu was assessed a major penalty and a game misconduct.

Ruutu will forfeit just over US$59,000 in salary and won't be eligible to return to the ice until Nov. 1 against San Jose.

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