Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) is called for an illegal check to the head against Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson (77) in the second period during Game 6 of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nationwide Arena.
While the on-ice officials for the Bruins' clinching Game 6 win in Columbus appeared to agree, issuing him only a two-minute minor for contact to the head, the National Hockey League on Tuesday nonetheless suspended McAvoy for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.
In that game, Cody Eakin was given a match penalty for his hit on Joe Pavelski with Vegas holding a 3-0 lead in the third period.
"I put my shoulder into him".
"I was penalized two minutes for it".
Charlie McAvoy has been suspended for one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety.
"It is important to note that while Anderson's body and far shoulder do absorb some contact on this check, the main point of contact on the hit is the head", a league official said in a video explaining the suspension.
Boston hosts Carolina in Game 1 of the Eastern final on Thursday.
Now McAvoy likely faces at least a one-game suspension for his hit on Anderson, meaning he would miss just the first game of the Eastern Conference finals against the Hurricanes.