BOSTON — Bruins forward David Pastrnak has been suspended for two games without pay for an illegal check to the head of Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi.

The NHL announced the suspension Friday. The play in question occurred during the second period of New York’s 5-2 win over Boston on Wednesday. Pastrnak was assessed a minor penalty for the play.

Pastrnak will forfeit $10,277.78 in salary during the suspension.

The former first-rounder has been productive on the Bruins’ first line this season, scoring five goals and producing eight points through seven games.

He is eligible to return Nov. 3 when Boston visits Tampa Bay.

 Goaltender Tuukka Rask practiced with the team Friday and should be available to at least serve as the backup against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Rask hadn’t been on the ice with his teammates because of an undisclosed injury since he made 28 saves in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 20.

Rask isn’t completely healed, so he and the Bruins are trying to strike a balance between being able to play and not risking further damage.

“That’s the thing we’re kind of talking about, we talked about last week, risk/reward, what it is and how should we proceed,” Rask said.

“It feels good enough now that I can comfortably practice.”


BLACKHAWKS 3, DEVILS 2: Artem Anisimov scored on a rebound at 1:15 of overtime and Chicago rallied to hand the Devils their first home loss.

Marian Hossa tied the game with a power-play goal with 2:11 left in regulation after the Blackhawks pulled goaltender Corey Crawford for a sixth skater.

Artemi Panarin, who took the shot on Anisimov’s winner, also scored for Chicago. Crawford was outstanding with 30 saves.

HURRICANES 3, RANGERS 2: Jeff Skinner had two goals and an assist as Carolina won at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Skinner originally had his fifth career hat trick before the third goal was awarded to Bryan Bickell on a scoring change.