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SHL suspends Blackhawks prospect Tim Söderlund 3 games for flying knee hit

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The 2017 fourth-rounder received a match penalty for the incident.

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The Swedish Hockey League has suspended Blackhawks forward prospect Tim Söderlund for three games for a hit during Frölunda’s game against Timrå on Wednesday.

Söderlund drove to the net from the left side then jumped between goaltender Niklas Svedberg and defenseman Marcus Hardegard and hit Svedberg in the head with his left knee. Söderlund was given a match penalty on the play.

Söderlund, who was drafted by Chicago in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL draft, has three goals and two assists in 26 SHL games this season. It’s his first season with Frölunda after being traded in April to the Swedish powerhouse from Skellefteå AIK. He had nine goals and 14 points in 43 regular-season games last season and had four playoff goals before Skellefteå was swept in the final by Växjö.