Bruins center Max Talbot was suspended two games without pay for a hit on Devils forward Jiri Tlusty, the NHL announced Monday.
Talbot was not given a penalty during Sunday's game, but had a hearing Monday with the NHL Player Safety Department.
"What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is its extreme lateness, and the predatory nature of the hit," the NHL explained in a video announcing the punishment.
The puck was gone when Talbot nailed Tlusty in open ice in the second period of the Bruins' 2-1 victory. Tlusty stayed down at first, but got to his skates and returned to the bench.
Talbot has neither been fined nor suspended previously in his 11-year career. Talbot will forfeit $19,354.84. Asked for an opinion on the play, Bruins coach Claude Julien said he had no comment.
Globe reporters Fluto Shinzawa and Barbara Matson contributed to this report.