Panthers' Matheson to have hearing for hit on Canucks' Pettersson
Vancouver forward left game after being pushed into boards, slammed to ice
Florida Panthers defenceman Michael Matheson has a hearing scheduled for Monday with the NHL's Department of Player Safety after a hit on the Canucks' Elias Petterson.
Matheson is facing discipline for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct after his hit on Petterson in the third period of Saturday night's game in Sunrise, Fla.
Florida’s Mike Matheson will have a hearing tomorrow for interference/ unsportsmanlike conduct on Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson.—@NHLPlayerSafety
The 19-year-old was taken hard into the end boards, then slammed to the ice by Matheson and needed assistance from the trainers to the locker-room.
Watch the play that sent Pettersson to the locker room:
Petterson did not return to the game, a 3-2 Canucks win.
"That's a dirty play. The league is trying to protect the good young players and that's just a dirty play," Vancouver coach Travis Green said after the game.
Matheson wasn't penalized on the play, nor was he held accountable by any of Pettersson's teammates with the game tied 2-2 at the time of the injury.
With files from the Associated Press