[UPDATE: Buchnevich has been suspended two games.]
Pavel Buchnevich of the Blues will have a NHL Department of Player Safety hearing following his match penalty during St. Louis’ 7-4 win over the Coyotes on Monday.
With the score tied late in first period Buchnevich and Arizona forward Lawson Crouse exchanged shoves then began to jaw at one another. The Blues forward then head-butted Crouse and was promptly kicked out of the game.
The NHL rulebook describes head-butting as: “The act of head-butting involves a player making intentional contact with, or attempting to make contact with, an opponent by leading with his head and/or helmet.”
Crouse, who was given a cross-checking minor, was not happy with a high hit Buchnevich delivered moments earlier on Andrew Ladd.
— Spoked Z (@SpokedZ) October 19, 2021
The Blues play next on Wednesday night in Las Vegas before heading home to host the Kings on Saturday.