With the score tied late in first period Buchnevich and Arizona forward Lawson Crouse exchanged shoves then began to jaw at one another. The Blues forward then head-butted Crouse and was promptly kicked out of the game.
The NHL rulebook describes head-butting as: “The act of head-butting involves a player making intentional contact with, or attempting to make contact with, an opponent by leading with his head and/or helmet.”
Crouse, who was given a cross-checking minor, was not happy with a high hit Buchnevich delivered moments earlier on Andrew Ladd.
Buchnevich, who sat for one game last May for cross-checking Anthony Mantha, was automatically suspended pending a review due to the match penalty.
The Blues play next on Wednesday night in Las Vegas before heading home to host the Kings on Saturday.
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Blues’ Buchnevich to have hearing for head-butting Lawson Crouse originally appeared on NBCSports.com