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NHL suspends Bruins' David Pastrnak 2 games for head hit

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak was suspended two games on Friday for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi.

Winger delivered illegal check to Rangers D-man Dan Girardi in Wednesday's loss

Bruins forward David Pastrnak (88) was penalized for an illegal check to the head of New York blue-liner Dan Girardi, not pictured. On Friday, the NHL suspended Pastrnak two games for the head hit. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Boston Bruins winger David Pastrnak was suspended two games on Friday for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenceman Dan Girardi.

Pastrnak delivered the hit in the second period of a 5-2 Bruins loss on Wednesday night and was assessed a minor penalty. Under the terms of the NHL's collective bargaining agreement he will forfeit $10,277.78.


Drafted 25th overall in 2014, Pastrnak has been a revelation for the Bruins in his second season, already with five goals and eight points in seven games playing the right side on the club's top line.

He'll be eligible to return to action Nov. 3 against the hometown Tampa Bay Lightning.

Click the video below for the NHL's explanation of its decision to discipline Pastrnak.

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