Capitals' Aube-Kubel suspended 3 games for high hit on Lightning's Foote

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The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel for three games Saturday for a check to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foote.

Aube-Kubel caught Foote with the high hit early in the second period Friday.

Foote, who was bloodied by the collision, left the game and didn't return to the 5-1 Washington win.

"That's a tough hit. That defines the word blindside," Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said postgame, according to NHL.com's Tom Gulitti. "It's too bad we're playing them again (Sunday) because I doubt (Foote) will be around to see the game."

While officials were reviewing the hit, a brawl nearly broke out as Pat Maroon dropped the gloves with Garnet Hathaway. Both players were fined for their actions.

Sonny Milano capped off Washington's successful five-minute penalty kill by scoring on a breakaway as he returned to the ice after serving Aube-Kubel's penalty.

The suspension is the first in Aube-Kubel's NHL career. He has been fined twice, once for roughing and the other for kneeing, both in 2021.

Aube-Kubel will miss Washington's games against the Lightning, Florida Panthers, and St. Louis Blues. He's eligible to return Nov. 19 against his former team, the Colorado Avalanche.

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