David Pastrnak is the latest NHL player to be suspended for an illegal check to the head. Earlier this afternoon, the league’s department of player safety announced that the Boston Bruins forward has been suspended two games for his hit on Dan Girardi of the New York Rangers.
The hit in question occurred on October 26 with the Bruins visiting New York.
With the puck in midair, Girardi attempted to glove it down to his stick. At which point, Pastrnak delivered what the NHL saw as a “high hit.”
Boston’s David Pastrnak suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on NY Rangers’ Dan Girardi. https://t.co/YhCC6CsWit
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) October 28, 2016
In the suspension explanation video, it is stressed that Pastrnak was suspended because he made the head the principal point of contact. The league also feels that making contact with the head was avoidable in this case, and says that Girardi’s head did not move enough to warrant the contact.
This is the first time that Pastrnak has been suspended in his career, and it should be noted that Girardi was able to return after bring treated during this contest.
Assuming that Pastrnak will make it back into Boston’s lineup as soon as his suspension is over, he will be able to play against the Tampa Bay Lightning on November 3. He is set to miss the Bruins taking on the Detroit Red Wings tomorrow, and he will also miss Tuesday’s showdown against the Florida Panthers.
Originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) in 2014, Pastrnak is in the midst of a breakout season in Boston. Through seven contests, the 6-foot, 181-pound wing has collected five goals and eight points.