Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games, without pay, for delivering an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi on Wednesday, the NHL’s department of player safety announced.
At 10:55 of the second period of the Rangers’ 5-2 win over Boston, Patrice Bergeron flicked a puck high in the air that Girardi reached out to bat away.
Pastrnak came in high and appeared to leave his feet while delivering a check to Girardi. He was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.
Girardi was hurt on the play but was able to return to the game after going to the dressing room for repairs.
Based on his average annual salary, Pastrnak will forfeit $10,277.78 for the infraction. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Pastrnak ranks second in Bruins scoring with eight points in seven games. He'll sit out games at Detroit Saturday and Florida Tuesday.