Partway through the first period, Zegras was collecting a puck in his own end and was hit from behind by Paquette. The Montreal forward was given a five-minute boarding penalty, a two-minute roughing penalty and a game misconduct for the hit and the scrum that came afterward. Those 17 minutes in penalties won’t be the only discipline he receives though, as the hearing today suggests a suspension is coming.
Zegras ended up returning to the game, which should help Paquette’s case, but it still appears as though the Canadiens will have to go without their fourth-line center for at least tomorrow’s match against the Detroit Red Wings. Montreal is trying to find any way to salvage the early part of the season after losing their eighth game, and are about to start a five-game homestand.