Hit on Canucks’ Pettersson could result in suspension for Panthers’ Matheson

Florida Panthers defenceman Michael Matheson has a hearing scheduled for Monday with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety after a hit on the Canucks’ Elias Petterson.

Matheson is facing discipline for interference and unsportsmanlike conduct after his hit on Petterson in the third period of Saturday night’s game in Sunrise, Fla.

The 19-year-old was taken hard into the end boards, then slammed to the ice by Matheson and needed assistance from the trainers to the locker-room.

Watch the play that sent Pettersson to the locker room:

After taking a hit from Florida’s Mike Matheson, Elias Pettersson was forced to leave Saturday’s contest against the Panthers. 1:10

Petterson did not return to the game, a 3-2 Canucks win.

“That’s a dirty play. The league is trying to protect the good young players and that’s just a dirty play,” Vancouver coach Travis Green said after the game.

Matheson wasn’t penalized on the play, nor was he held accountable by any of Pettersson’s teammates with the game tied 2-2 at the time of the injury.