Alex Burrows will be getting a phone call from the NHL’s department of player safety.
The Vancouver Canucks winger will have a phone hearing Friday to discuss his late hit on Montreal Canadiens defenceman Alexei Emelin, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports.
During the second period of the Canucks’ 3-2 win over the Canadiens, Burrows nailed an off-balance Emelin with a high check after he released the puck, appearing to make contact with his head.
There was no penalty on the play, and as Emelin lay on the ice, Vancouver’s Nick Bonino scored on Montreal’s Carey Price.
Montreal coach Michel Therrien was frustrated there was no penalty called.
“We all saw the hit to the head on Emelin, and instead of having a power play of five minutes, the puck is in your own end,” Therrien told reporters. “That was a dirty hit to the head. This is something you try to eliminate from our game.”
Emelin went to the dressing room for the rest of the period but returned in the third.
“My intent was not to hurt him,” Burrows told reporters after the game. “I’m glad he’s fine.”
Because Burrows’ hearing will be conducted over the phone, he cannot receive a suspension longer than five games.
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(with files from CP)