Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot has been suspended two games for what the NHL called a “late, violent hit” on New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty.  The play happened at 14:30 of the second period when the two teams met on Sunday night. 

From the NHL’s Department of Player Safety:

“[Talbot hits Tlusty] well after Tlusty releases the puck and well past the time he is eligible to be checked. This is interference. What elevates this hit to merit supplemental discipline is the extreme lateness and the predatory nature of the hit.”

“It is perfectly reasonable for Tlusty not to expect contact this long after possession. Talbot does not initiate the hit until well past the time the player should have to remain prepared for an opponent prepared to make a check. The onus is on Talbot to avoid contact completely.”

Tlusty was down briefly, but was able to return to the game.

No penalty was called on the play. Referees for the game were Mike Leggo and Gord Dwyer. Linesmen were Scott Cherrey and Tony Sericolo. 

This is the first time in his career that Talbot has been suspended.  He forfeits $19,354.84 in salary as a result of the two-game ban.