The Washington Capitals have already played 47 games without Mike Green. Now they'll have to play three more, as the defenseman was suspended three games by the NHL on Friday for a shot to the head of Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brett Connolly.

Green will miss Saturday's game at the Boston Bruins, Sunday's against the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tuesday's at the New York Islanders. He will forfeit $85,135.14 in salary.

The suspension comes as a result of Green's arm to the head of Connolly in the second period Tuesday night.

"Connolly is carrying the puck behind the Washington net when he is angled and rubbed into the boards by Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov," NHL vice preseident of player safety Brendan Shanahan said in announcing the suspension. "While Connolly is engaged with Orlov, Green approaches from the right of the two battling players. Green raises and drives his left arm into Connolly's head with significant force, making it the principal point of contact and causing it to impact the glass."