Canucks’ Erik Gudbranson to have hearing with NHL Player Safety

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson, left. (Jonathan Hayward/CP)

NEW YORK — Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday after a boarding major against the Boston Bruins.

The department tweeted about the hearing early Friday morning.

Gudbranson hit Bruins forward Frank Vatrano from behind at 6:13 of the first period during their game on Thursday night.

The Canucks blueliner also received a game misconduct and a fighting major after being challenged by Boston’s Tim Schaller following the hit.

The Bruins capitalized on the man advantage, scoring three power-play goals for a 4-1 lead after the first period.

Boston won the game 6-3.

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