It didn't matter that David Pastrnak was a first time offender.
The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has just announced that the Boston Bruins forward will be suspended for two games following his hit on New York Ranegrs veteran Dan Girardi.
The league cited that while Girardi was avoidable to be hit the head contact was avoidable, and added that it was caused by Pastrnak extending up and into the head Girardi. The league felt that Pastrnak's actions significantly contributed to the check being illegal, and as a result have suspended him for the hit.
You can listen to a full breakdown in the video below.