Flames’ Andersson to have hearing for late hit on Blue Jackets’ Laine

Watch as Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Erik Gudbranson drops the gloves at the end of a matchup with the Calgary Flames after Patrik Laine takes a big hit from Rasmus Andersson.

Calgary Flames defenseman Rasmus Andersson was ejected from Friday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after a late hit to the head on forward Patrik Laine.

NHL Player Safety announced Saturday that Andersson will have a hearing for the hit.

Andersson was assessed a match penalty after he caught Laine up high with a hit. Laine was slow to get up and defenceman Erik Gudbranson came to the aid of his teammate following the hit.

After the game, Blue Jackets head coach Pascal Vincent said the hit on Laine was definitely late and should hopefully lead to future discipline from the league.

“I see a hit to the head and (Andersson) lifting his feet,” Vincent said after the game. “I saw the replay. That’s illegal in my book. So we’ll let the NHL deal with it.”

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