Boston Bruins

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 21: Jeremy Lauzon #79 of the Boston Bruins skates against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on November 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won the game 3-2 in overtime. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

A first-period match penalty that booted Jeremy Lauzon from Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Coyotes may not be punishment enough in the eyes of the National Hockey League, as the 22-year-old will have a Sunday hearing for his hit to the head of Coyotes forward Derek Stepan, the NHL Department of Player Safety confirmed.

Out of the box after the B’s killed off his penalty, Lauzon broke into the Arizona end with a legit chance to put the Bruins on the board. But when the shot sailed wide of Adin Hill’s net, Lauzon remained in pursuit of the puck, and finished a high hit on Stepan along the half wall closest to the Arizona bench.

The rubout was high and aggressive (it was a definitely a minor at the very least), and as Stepan immediately crumbled to the ice holding his head, the official’s hand went up and Lauzon was done for the day following a video review.

“I went there and I tried to finish my check,” Lauzon, who finished the day with just 5:06 of ice-time, said after the win. “I’m a player with a little bit of edge and when I have the opportunity to finish a check, I finish it. I haven’t seen the hit, so.”

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, meanwhile, saw the play, and had a different take on the match penalty aspect of it all.

“Listen, I didn’t think it was a match penalty, personally,” Cassidy offered during his postgame press conference. “I don’t know the exact factors of, okay, hit to the head? Is it unsuspecting? Injury? That’s the only discussion I had with the official. He was adamant that the player was out. I was like well, okay, he got hurt but he’s in the game. He’s not out, out.

“There was a bit of a difference of opinion on that. At the end of the day, that’s what they called.”

Barring a quick decision from the league following the hearing, Lauzon should be good to skate in tomorrow’s matinee meeting with the Red Wings, which has a 12:30 p.m. puck drop. But a potential suspension may impact Lauzon’s availability for Wednesday’s rivalry meeting with the Canadiens at TD Garden.

Lauzon has one goal and a plus-2 rating in seven appearances with the Big B’s this season.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.