By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
Near the end of the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist delivered a high hit to the head area of Matt Grzelcyk that kept the Bruins defenseman out for the rest of the night. So as one might expect, NHL Player Safety is reviewing the play for potential discipline. And at least one Bruins player agrees with that idea.
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic tweeted after the game that Player Safety is “taking a good look” at the hit. Sundqvist was assessed a two-minute boarding minor.
Though Grzelcyk got caught with his head slightly leaned over in an awkward position and Sundqvist led with his shoulder, the hit came from behind and it could be argued that head contact was avoidable. The fact that Grzelcyk suffered an injury on the play will also be factored in. (Update: Grzelcyk is officially day-to-day and in the concussion protocol.)
A look at the hit on by Oskar Sundqvist on Matt Grzelcyk. Didn't look good. pic.twitter.com/3yjlbhgkvs— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) May 30, 2019
Per Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, Sundqvist said “No comment, I can’t say anything” when asked about the hit.
Bruins forward David Backes didn’t hold back much when asked about the hit. He didn’t like the call on the ice, or the play itself.
“I don’t think that’s a hit we want in our game,” Backes said. “I think it’s from behind, elevated into his head, into the glass. If thats a two-minute penalty, there’s going to be a shortage of defensemen, I think, in this series by the end of it. But that’s in somebody else’s hands.
“If I’m making that hit, I’m probably watching from the bleachers for a few [games]. But we’ll see what happens with their player.”
At this point, all that’s known is Player Safety is reviewing the hit. It may not necessarily result in a hearing for Sundqvist, let alone any supplemental discipline. As for Grzelcyk, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said he went to the hospital for tests but had no further updates.
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