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Blues' Maxim Lapierre may face lengthy suspension

10/16/2013 01:15 EDT | Updated 12/16/2013 05:12 EST
Maxim Lapierre could be suspended six or more games for his hit against San Jose Sharks defenceman Dan Boyle on Tuesday night.

The National Hockey League has requested an in-person hearing with the St. Louis Blues forward in New York, reportedly on Friday.

An in-person hearing does not mean the final ruling will be six-plus games as the league can hand out out any length of suspension thereafter.

Lapierre pushed Boyle face-first into the dasher board during the first period of San Jose’s 6-2 win at St. Louis.

He received a five-minute major penalty for checking from behind, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct.

Lapierre is suspended pending a hearing.

Boyle was carted off the ice at Scottrade Center on a stretcher and did not return to the game.

In a Sharks news release Wednesday, the team said Boyle was kept at Barnes-Jewish Hospital overnight and would return to San Jose later Wednesday “to continue his medical care and undergo further evaluation.”

Rule 1.9 in the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement states: If the preliminary review that a suspension of six (6) or more games may be appropriate and/or further investigation is required, an in-person hearing will be conducted …”

Lapierre will remain suspended until the hearing, meaning he would sit out Thursday against Chicago and probably Friday versus Winnipeg.

He is a repeat offender, having sat four games while playing for Montreal for a hit against the Sharks’ Scott Nichol, who’s also a former Blues forward.

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