St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk, fourth from left, celebrates after soring a goal with teammates, from left, center Tyler Bozak, defenseman Torey Krug, center Jordan Kyrou and right wing Pavel Buchnevich in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
LAS VEGAS — The Blues will be without Pavel Buchnevich for two games as a result of a suspension handed down Tuesday by the NHL’s department of player safety.
Buchnevich received a match penalty with 1 minute 7 seconds left in the opening period of Monday’s 7-4 victory over Arizona when he head-butted the Coyotes’ Lawson Crouse, resulting in a cut on the bridge of Crouse’s nose.
“You know that something like that’s gonna get looked at,” coach Craig Berube said after practice Tuesday, but before the suspension was handed down. “You can’t do that. We all know that. On the other side of things, I thought that Crouse targeted him a little bit. They got (into) an altercation in the neutral zone. He got cross-checked in the face — Buchnevich. Things happen.”
It was a strange sequence of events. It was actually Buchneivch and Andrew Ladd who got into it in the neutral zone when Ladd slammed into Buchnevich. And then, during a stoppage of play, Crouse made a run at Buchnevich on the other side of the ice near…