NHL suspends Blues' Ivan Barbashev one game for head hit on Bruins' Marcus Johansson

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Published 6: 54 p.m. ET June 7, 2019 | Upgraded 8: 00 p.m. ET June 7, 2019

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NEW YORK — The NHL has suspended St. Louis Blues ahead Ivan Barbashev for one match to get an illegal check to the mind of Boston Bruins forward Marcus Johansson through Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The check occurred 5: 24 to the first phase of St. Louis’ 2-1 victory Thursday night.

Barbashev, 23, has performed in every one of these Blues’ 24 playoff games this past year. He has three goals and three assists in the postseason, averaging a little more than just 12 minutes a game on the fourth line. He scored 14 targets in the regular season.

The NHL’s section of player safety declared the suspension on Friday.

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Barbashev is your second Blues player to be suspended through the Closing. Forward Oskar Sundqvist was suspended one game for dressing Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who remains out with a concussion.

The anglers could clinch the franchise’s first championship with a victory in Game 6 to Sunday night at St. Louis (8, NBC).

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