DALLAS -- Ryane Clowe could be suspended for as many as 10 games if the NHL determines he left the bench in the last minute of Friday night's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks to avenge a dangerous hit on Joe Pavelski.

Clowe was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing Monday after he took on Chicago forward Andrew Shaw with nine seconds remaining in the game. NHL rules call for a player to miss 10 games if he jumps off the bench to start an altercation.

Shaw was whistled for boarding Pavelski, and Clowe quickly went after Shaw, receiving a minor penalty for roughing and a 10-minute misconduct.

If the NHL determines that Clowe was part of a line change at the time, supplementary discipline is still possible, but it likely would be far fewer than 10 games. Clowe was "not available" for Saturday night's game, according to Sharks coach Todd McLellan.

Pavelski said he hasn't gone back to look at replays of Shaw's hit, but "I got a few texts and different things saying, 'Are you all right? and 'It looked bad.' I escaped barely healthy from it and I guess that's all you can ask for in a situation like that."