San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld was suspended for two games on Thursday for an illegal hit to the head of Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon.

The incident took place eight minutes into the third period of Wednesday's game between the Sharks and Avalanche. Blichfeld connected on a hit on an unsuspecting MacKinnon as the latter was turning, with his shoulder clipping MacKinnon's head.

The Avalanche pivot stayed down for some time, kneeling over and appearing to try and collect himself, while a scrum ensured around Blichfeld.

The Sharks winger was handed a match penalty, after which Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog tallied his club's third goal of the night on the power play, part of an eventual 4-0 win.