The NHL's Department of Player Safety caught up with Charlie McAvoy.
The Bruins defenseman got off light with a two-minute minor penalty for a vicious shoulder to the head of Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson in the second period of the teams' Game 6 Monday night. He'll now be out for the first game of Boston's Eastern Conference Finals series against the Carolina Hurricanes following a review and additional punishment from the league.
“While we accept McAvoy's argument that he is not intentionally attempting to hit Anderson in the head, he takes an angle of approach that cuts along the front of Anderson's body, rather than through the near shoulder and core,” the Department of Player Safety said in their judgment.
Little good it does for the Blue Jackets.
Columbus was unable to convert on the subsequent power play stemming from McAvoy's hit and fell 3-0 in the deciding Game 6 Monday night at Nationwide Arena.