Bruins' McAvoy given minor for headshot on Jackets' Anderson

NHL fans were furious that refs let Boston's Charlie Mc Avoy off easy after ugly hit to head

NHL fans were furious that refs let Boston's Charlie Mc Avoy off easy after ugly hit to head

Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his hit on Columbus's Josh Anderson, the NHL said Tuesday.

"I think that the NHL Department of Player Safety will deem this as meriting a one-game suspension".

McAvoy was assessed a two-minute minor for the hit, which you can see here.

According to National Hockey League rules, illegal checks to the head can't result in major penalties, only minor or match penalties assessed at the referee's discretion.

McAvoy was handed a one-game suspension Tuesday by the National Hockey League for an illegal check to the head of Josh Anderson of the Columbus Blue Jackets late in the second period of their game Monday in Columbus.

The Boston Bruins will be without stud defender Charlie McAvoy for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final versus the Carolina Hurricanes. He had 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 54 games during the regular season, helping the Bruins (49-24-9) finish second in the Atlantic Division.