The St. Louis Blues could be without the services of forward Ivan Barbashev, as he will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for his illegal check to the head – that went uncalled when it happened – of Boston Bruins forward Marcus Johansson during a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.
St. Louis’ Ivan Barbashev will have a hearing today for an Illegal Check to the Head on Boston’s Marcus Johansson.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) June 7, 2019
The hit occurred midway through the first period after Johansson released a shot on Blues goalie Jordan Binnington, Barbashev skated by him.
Ivan Barbashev wasn't given a penalty for this hit in Game 5 of the #StanleyCup Final, but will have a hearing today with the Department of Player Safety.
Thoughts on what the verdict should be? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/LJR7Wxbb5X
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 7, 2019
There were various non-calls that the Bruins were unhappy with but this is will be the one that gets reviewed. Barbashev had three goals and three assists.