Charlie McAvoy indeed will have a chat with the league after his illegal hit to Josh Anderson's head Monday night.
The Bruins defenseman will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety to discuss his shot on Anderson in Boston's series-clinching Game 6 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, TSN's Bob McKenzie confirmed Tuesday.
McAvoy only received a two-minute minor penalty on the play, in which he caught Anderson in the face with a vicious shot during the second period. Anderson was very slow to get up and missed some time but eventually returned to the game.
McAvoy insisted his hit was a "hockey play" and that he had no ill intent, but it's no surprise the league will review the play anyway given how dangerous it looked in real time.
Charlie McAvoy said his hit on Josh Anderson was “a hockey play” where he was aiming to throw a shoulder to his chest. Said he kept his elbow in and tried to deliver his hit as clean as possible— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) May 7, 2019
The 21-year-old has never been suspended in his brief NHL career, but it remains to be seen whether that streak will continue as the B's await Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the Carolina Hurricanes.
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