Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak is to have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday following an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during Wednesday night’s game.
A minor penalty was called on the play, which occurred during the second period of the game, with Girardi temporarily leaving the game for assessment. He later returned, with the Rangers going on to win the contest 5-2.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi told the media post game.
“He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something…As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak has no previous history of suspension nor any previous supplemental discipline from the NHL Department of Player Safety, which will go in his favour, though the 20-year-old did appear to leave his feet to make the hit.
Selected 25th overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, the Czech forward currently leads the Bruins with five goals and is second to Brad Marchand in points through the clubs first seven games of the season.
In 104 career NHL games to date, he has 30 goals and 61 points.
Boston travels to Detroit on Saturday to take on the Red Wings at The Joe Louis Arena, the first game in a three game road trip for the franchise.