December 5, 2023


“The league critiques all these hits they usually’ll tell us what their ideas are.”

Charlie McAvoy might face self-discipline from the NHL for his excessive hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson on Monday. Maddie Meyer/Getty Photographs

Simply 2:28 after he scored the Bruins’ game-tying objective in opposition to the Panthers, Charlie McAvoy needed to spend the remainder of Monday’s rematch in opposition to Florida in Boston’s dressing room.

The Bruins’ star defenseman was tossed from Boston’s eventual 3-2 time beyond regulation win over the Panthers at 9:28 within the last interval of regulation — with McAvoy handed a match penalty for an unlawful test to the pinnacle in opposition to Florida defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Shortly after he knotted the sport up at 2-2 off his second tally in as many video games, McAvoy trucked Ekman-Larsson in entrance of Florida’s internet. With the puck off his stick, Ekman-Larsson was hit excessive by the Bruins’ blueliner, inflicting him to crumple to the ice.

Ekman-Larsson finally made his approach off the ice and remained out for the remainder of Monday’s recreation. 

Postgame, Panthers head coach Paul Maurice mentioned that McAvoy’s hit was just like one he doled out in opposition to Carter Verhaeghe within the first interval of play.

The Bruins, who needed to play the rest of Boston’s recreation with simply 4 defensemen after Matt Grzelcyk exited earlier within the first interval with an upper-body harm, managed to kill off all 5 minutes of McAvoy’s penalty en path to an time beyond regulation win.

However even with Monday’s spectacular comeback victory, Boston might be shorthanded on its blue line forward of Thursday’s dwelling recreation in opposition to the Maple Leafs.

Not solely is Grzelcyk anticipated to be out a “couple of weeks,” per Jim Montgomery, however McAvoy may obtain further self-discipline from the NHL’s Division of Participant Security. A advantageous and/or suspension might be on the horizon for McAvoy if the league opts to assessment the hit.

“I noticed it reside,” Montgomery mentioned of McAvoy’s hit. “I haven’t checked out it in depth. The league critiques all these hits they usually’ll tell us what their ideas are and we respect how the league goes about it. I feel they do an actual good course of there.”

McAvoy has been suspended as soon as earlier than in his profession, with the bodily defenseman handed a one-game suspension in the course of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs for a success on then-Columbus ahead Josh Anderson within the second spherical.