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Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky has hearing for boarding

Nov 1, 2022; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Juraj Slafkovsky (20) skates to the bench during the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Matt Blewett-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovsky faces a disciplinary hearing with the league on Wednesday after boarding Detroit Red Wings forward Matt Luff on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old Canadiens forward was assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct with 5:32 left in the third period in Montreal’s 3-2 shootout win.

Slafkovsky, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, checked Luff from behind and drove him headfirst into the boards. Luff did not return to the game.

“The right call was made,” Red Wings coach Derek Lalonde said. “It’s the exact hit you want to try to avoid because of exactly what happened. A player got seriously injured.”

Slafkovsky has three goals and 19 penalty minutes in 10 games this season.

Luff, 25, has scored one goal in seven games this season.

–Field Level Media