Bruins’ Talbot suspended two games for ‘predatory’ hit on Tlusty

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The NHL has suspended Boston forward Max Talbot two games for interference on New Jersey’s Jiri Tlusty from Sunday night.

Calling it a “late, violent” hit, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety was harsh in its assessment of Talbot’s decision-making on the play, which occurred midway through the Bruins’ 2-1 shootout win.

“What elevates this to hit to merit supplemental discipline is the extreme lateness and predatory nature of the hit,” the DoPS said. “After releasing the puck, Tlusty looks up and sees Talbot approaching.

“However, only after Tlusty looks back at the puck in the corner does Talbot commit to throwing this hit.”

Talbot, who wasn’t penalized on the play, will miss Boston’s next two games — tomorrow against the Blues, and Saturday against the Sabres. He’ll also forfeit $19,354.84 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Tlusty was shaken up by the hit, but returned to finish with just over 14 minutes of ice time.

“He went through and finished a full check,” Tlusty explained, per the Star-Ledger. “He went through my chest and head. It was a late check, but it’s tough to say anything. I would just say it was too late.”