Bruins Defenseman Charlie McAvoy Suspended 1 Game by NHL for Hit to the Head - NECN

Bruins Defenseman Charlie McAvoy Suspended 1 Game by NHL for Hit to the Head

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    Bruins Defenseman Charlie McAvoy Suspended 1 Game by NHL for Hit to the Head
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    COLUMBUS, OH - MAY 6: Charlie McAvoy #73 of the Boston Bruins checks Josh Anderson #77 of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the head during the second period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. McAvoy was called for an illegal check to the head. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

    Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final between the Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes will be played Thursday night at TD Garden, but B's defenseman Charlie McAvoy won't be eligible to participate.

    McAvoy was suspended one game by the NHL's Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for his hit on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in the second period of Monday night's Game 6 at Nationwide Arena.

    The 21-year-old blueliner was given a two-minute minor penalty for an illegal check to the head on the play.

    He had a hearing with the league's DoPS on Tuesday.

    The league explains its decision in the video below:

    This is the first suspension of McAvoy's career. He made his NHL debut in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. 

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