Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy delivered a hit to the Panthers’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson that could land him in trouble with the NHL Department of Player Safety.
UPDATE: Charlie McAvoy has officially been suspended for four games. Read more about the punishment.
Just over two minutes after he’d scored the tying goal in the third period of the Bruins’ comeback win, McAvoy was assessed a match penalty for an illegal hit to the head of Ekman-Larsson. The match penalty meant a five-minute major and an ejection from the game for McAvoy.
According to NHL rules, a match penalty is called when officials determine that the offending player “deliberately” injured or attempted to injure another player.
Here’s a look at the hit in real time, and a slow-motion replay: