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Cedric Paquette to have date with player safety department

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 29: Braydon Coburn #55 of the Tampa Bay Lightning attempts to separate Cedric Paquette #13 and Frank Vatrano #72 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on November 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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Cedric Paquette will have to try to explain his actions to the NHL’s player safety department on Thursday.

Paquette is having a hearing to determine his reprimand after hitting Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug from behind in the second period of a 3-2 win for the Bruins over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Krug wasn’t injured and stayed in the game, despite taking a moment to get back on his skates.

Krug would score what became the game-winning goal later in the period.

Paquette was assessed a two-minute minor for boarding on the play. He has not been suspended in the past.

Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck