Detroit Red Wings defenceman Niklas Kronwall has been suspended one game for his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov and will sit out Game 7 of the first round Eastern Conference series.

Kronwall knocked Kucherov's helmet off near the end of the second period with a high hit, but the Tampa Bay forward stayed in the game.

Kronwall has never been suspended during his NHL career but incurred one major penalty and a game misconduct for interference in 2009.

With the series tied 3-3, Game 7 is scheduled for Wednesday night in Tampa Bay.