Lapierre gets in-person hearing Friday

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Blues forward Max Lapierre will be in New York Friday for an in-person disciplinarian hearing with the NHL after his hit from behind on Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle last night in St. Louis.

The in-person hearing opens the door to a suspension lasting longer than five games. Boyle was hurt on the play, which will factor into the ruling. But Lapierre is not considered a repeat offender under the CBA, as his four-game suspension for a hit on San Jose forward Scott Nichol occurred back in 2010 (too long ago to make him a repeat offender).

Meanwhile, Boyle sent an encouraging message to the fans, via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.

“I’m doing okay, thank you for your concern and support,” Boyle said. “Means a lot to me. I’ve never once taken this game or any of my fans for granted. Hope to be back soon.”

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