Blues' Ivan Barbashev to have NHL hearing for Marcus Johansson hit


It appears the Boston Bruins could get some justice out of their Game 5 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Final.

Blues forward Ivan Barbashev will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety due to his high hit on Bruins forward Marcus Johansson at TD Garden on Thursday night, the league confirmed Friday.

Barbashev wasn't penalized for the play, which left Johansson shaken up after the Blues winger hit him in the head area after he passed the puck.

But it's possible Barbashev could face discipline, as the NHL suspended St. Louis forward Oskar Sundvqist one game after his hit on Matt Grzelcyk knocked the Bruins defenseman out of Games 3, 4 and 5.

Johansson didn't miss game action as a result of the Barbashev hit, which could factor into whether the Blues forward gets a suspension. But the Bruins will be looking for something to go in their favor after railing against a no-call that led to St. Louis' eventual game-winning goal.

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