[UPDATE: Watson has been suspended two games.]
The hit happened midway through the first period and resulted in a two-minute minor penalty for interference.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Saturday evening that Watson will have a disciplinary hearing on Sunday for the hit.
You can see the play here.
Austin Watson with a late, high hit on Jack Ahcan.
Two minutes for interference. pic.twitter.com/oqAgDnLQHH
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) February 12, 2022
There is really not much gray area here with this one. Watson not only hits Ahcan long after the latter had given up possession of the puck, but he also hit him up high toward the head and neck area. That is textbook interference. Ahcan was able to finish the game.