The Blackhawks' Ryan Johnson doesn't believe the hit the Red Wings' Todd Bertuzzi laid on him during Monday night's game at Joe Louis Arena was an attempt to injure the center.

Bertuzzi hit Johnson in the head with an elbow during the first period of the Hawks' 3-2 overtime victory and was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct, which ended the Detroit winger's night early.

"(Bertuzzi's) a pretty big guy and I skate pretty low to the ground," Johnson said in the Hawks' dressing room at Joe Louis Arena after the win. "I knew I was going to kind of have to take a hit to make the play there but I don't think it was anything malicious. He was very apologetic. (He) came walking right in here and said, "sorry."