The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended St. Louis Blues forward Maxim Lapierre five games for his hit on San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle.

Lapierre had an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday in New York which allowed for a suspension of more than five games.

The department considers Lapierre's infraction boarding. The fact that Boyle who left the game on a stretcher was seriously injured on the play as always was also taken into account.

Additonally the fact that Boyle was in a vulnerable position was also considered by the department but the fact that Boyle's numbers were visible to Lapierre for some time prior to contact put more onus on Lapierre to avoid or minimize the contact.

Though Lapierre is not considered a repeat offender in the eys of the collective bargaining agreement he was suspended for a similar infraction in 2010 as Shanahan explained in the video.