Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will have a disciplinary hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday over his check to the head of the New York Rangers’ Dan Girardi in the Bruins’ 5-2 loss Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The hearing will address Pastrnak’s check to the head of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi during the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to New York Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

The hit happened 10:55 into the second period, as Girardi attempted to bat down a puck in the neutral zone. As Girardi reached for the puck, Pastrnak skated in and delivered a hit with his shoulder that connected with Girardi’s chin.

Was it a dirty play? Maybe, the puck was in the vicinity, but the way he turned his shoulder and left the ice leads me to believe this is a dirty hit. Does it warrant a punishment? No, and that is simply because Girardi ended up being fine coupled with the fact that Pastrnak is not a known suspect when it comes to these sorts of things.

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