San Jose Sharks forward Joachim Blichfeld has been suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon

Blichfeld was assessed a match penalty for the hit, which occurred at centre ice in the third period of Sharks' 4-0 loss to the Avalanche on Wednesday.

MacKinnon did not return to the game after the hit, but Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said post-game it appeared he had avoided injury.

"I saw him coming off the ice. He was in the hallway. He seems to be doing good," Bednar said. "I think that we get lucky on it. Hopefully, he's feeling good and everything tomorrow but as of right now he seems to be fine."

Blichfeld, 22, was playing in his first NHL game of the season on Wednesday and only the fourth of his career. A seventh-round pick of the Sharks in 2016, he has six goals and nine points in six AHL games this season.