The NHL Department of Player Safety announced on Thursday morning that New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich will have a hearing for high-sticking forward Anthony Mantha in the team’s 4-2 loss to the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.
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After Mantha whacked him continuously down low from behind, Mantha skated back when the play was heading the other way and got cross-checked in the face by Buchnevich, who earned a major penalty and a game misconduct at 4:39 of the second period.
Buchnevich has not been suspended in his 300-game NHL career.
Mantha was bleeding on the bench after the play but was able to play the rest of the game.
The Rangers, who will miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth consecutive year, conclude the season with two consecutive road games at the Boston Bruins, starting Thursday night (7 PM ET, NBCSN).
By Harrison Brown