Oskar Sundqvist faces NHL hearing for hit that knocked Matt Grzelcyk out of Game 2

Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist will have a hearing with the NHL player safety department to address his hit on Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, the league announced Thursday.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told reporters later in the day that Grzelcyk is in the concussion protocol and will not travel with the team to St. Louis ahead of Saturday’s Game 3. 

Sundqvist delivered a high hit against the boards to Grzelcyk in the first period of Wednesday’s game, which the Blues eventually won 3-2 in overtime. 

Grzelcyk stayed down on the ice and eventually had to be helped to the locker room after the hit. He did not return to the game. 

Sundqvist was given a two-minute penalty for boarding.

Grzelcyk clearly took a shot to the head and, when the play is watched in real time, it looks like Sundqvist indeed went high on the Bruins defenseman.

But, if you slow the play down, Grzelcyk was a bit off balance, which put his head in an awkward spot for Sundqvist to hit.

There is zero disputing that Sundqvist hit Grzelcyk in the head, but it doesn’t appear he had an intent to hurt the Boston defenseman.

This matters because the hit could result in a suspension, but NHL Player Safety will have to break down this play and see if it merits one.

In the meantime, Cassidy told reporters Thursday he hasn’t yet decided whether John Moore or Steven Kampfer will replace Grzelcyk in the lineup for Game 3.