Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler received a three-game suspension Friday for checking San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl in the head during a game Thursday night.

The incident occurred with 14 seconds left in the second period of Vancouver’s 4-1 loss to San Jose.

Hertl was chasing the puck as it left the Sharks’ zone. The 19-year-old was leaning forward reaching for the puck near the Canucks’ bench when Edler checked him spinning Hertl around and sending his helmet into the air.

“Edler does not hit Hertl squarely” said NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan in a video explaining the suspension. “He cuts across the front of Hertl making the head the main point of contact.”

There was no penalty called on the play.

Shanahan also said although Hertl had made himself vulnerable by reaching for the puck he was not to blame for the check to the head.