The Albany Devils will look to continue their playoff run without blueliner Dan Kelly.

Albany Devils Defenseman Dan Kelly

Albany Devils Defenseman Dan Kelly (Photo: James DiBianco)

Defenseman Dan Kelly has been suspended 10 games for a hit to the head of Toronto Marlies forward Andreas Johnson.  The hit took place midway through Tuesday’s game – an eventual 7-2 win for the Marlies, who now lead the series 3-2.

Kelly was given a match penalty by referees Jake Brenk and Jon McIsaac. 

Johnson left the game and was hospitalized overnight with a suspected concussion

Here’s the hit, via @HockeyWebcast:

From the AHL:

The American Hockey League today announced that Albany Devils defenseman Dan Kelly has been suspended for ten (10) games as a consequence of a match penalty for an illegal check to the head of an opponent in a playoff game vs. Toronto on May 10. 

Kelly will miss Albany’s next 10 games, beginning with Game 5 of the North Division Finals vs. Toronto tonight (May 12). If Albany is eliminated before the suspension can be served to completion this postseason, remaining games would carry over to the next time Kelly is active on an AHL club roster. 

Kelly would be eligible to return for the Calder Cup Finals, provided the Devils make it that far.