02/16/2015 01:57 EST | Updated 04/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Dmitry Kulikov suspended 4 games for Tyler Seguin hit

Florida Panthers defenceman Dmitry Kulikov was suspended four games without pay Monday by the NHL for a hit on Dallas' Tyler Seguin that caused a serious knee injury to one of the NHL's leading scorers.

Kulikov received a major penalty for clipping and a game misconduct after the hit, which occurred during the third period of a game last Friday.

As Seguin carried the puck over the Florida blue-line, Kulikov ducked down and delivered a check to the legs.

Seguin had to be helped off the ice, and the Stars said the following day their leading scorer will miss three to six weeks with a right knee injury.

Seguin, 23, ranks third in the NHL with 59 points (29 goals) in 55 games this season.

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff called Kulikov's hit a "dirty shot" and Stars forward Vernon Fiddler said it was a "gutless play."

Based on his average annual salary, Kulikov will lose more than $93,000 US in pay.