Blues' Lapierre suspended pending hearing

New York, NY ( - St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre has been suspended pending an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit Tuesday that left Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle in a hospital.

The date and time of Lapierre's hearing has yet to be determined, the NHL said on Wednesday. In-person hearings are required by the collective bargaining agreement for any suspension that could exceed five games.

Boyle was kept overnight at a St. Louis hospital but has said he's "OK" after the scary hit. The Sharks said Boyle was returning to San Jose Wednesday "to continue his medical care and undergo further evaluation."

Lapierre drove his stick into Boyle's upper back, sending him face-first into the glass early in the first period of San Jose's 6-2 win. Boyle remained on the ice for several minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher.

In a text exchange with a San Jose Mercury News reporter, Boyle said he was "OK" and called the incident "scary."

"Hopefully the symptoms will be very minor if any going forward," Boyle wrote.

Lapierre drew a five-minute major for checking from behind, a fighting major after an ensuing altercation and was ejected from the game.