Penguins defenseman Letang suspended 1 game for interference

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson (43) grabs Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (58) by the sweater during the first period of Game 3 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals in Pittsburgh, Monday, May 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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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.