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Derian Hatcher hit with three-game suspension

TORONTO -- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Derian Hatcher was
suspended for next season's first three games by the NHL for
elbowing an opponent in the head during the Western Conference
semifinals.

Hatcher hit Calgary Flames forward Matthew Lombardi in the first
period of Detroit's 1-0 overtime loss in Game 6 last week. There
was no penalty on the play, and Lombardi finished the game.

Because the Red Wings were eliminated from the playoffs in that
game, Hatcher's suspension will come at the start of the 2004-05
season.