Rasmus Ristolainen will have his day with the National Hockey League's discipline police.
The Buffalo Sabres defenseman will have a hearing on Thursday in regards to his interference hit on Pittsburgh's Jake Guentzel during the first period of Tuesday's 3-1 Penguins win in KeyBank Center.
Ristolainen was called for a five-minute major and given a game misconduct at 8:46 of the first period.
“I don’t like the fact that he got ejected,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said after the game. “It’s an unfortunate play. He’s stepping up on Jake Guentzel, and the puck that is coming to Guentzel is stopped by Zemgus. Guentzel is unsuspecting at that point in time.
Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen will have a hearing tomorrow afternoon for interference on Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel.
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“Rasmus is committed to the hit, and it’s an unfortunate hit.”
Guentzel was diagnosed with a concussion.
The Sabres have a mandated day off Wednesday per the collective bargaining agreement.