Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul could face additional discipline

Joffrey Lupul (left) and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs talk strategy during the NHL...

Joffrey Lupul (left) and Dion Phaneuf of the Toronto Maple Leafs talk strategy during the NHL Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium January 1, 2014 in Ann Arbor. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

Joffrey Lupul might have picked the wrong game to deliver a hard cross-check to the head of Detroit’s Patrick Eaves.

It’s expected the NHL will take a look at the Leafs winger’s hit on Eaves, which knocked him out of the Winter Classic in front of a six-figure crowd and a global TV audience.

Lupul was suspended for two games last season for a head shot on Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Eaves was down on one knee and looking away in a corner scrum in the first period when Lupul turned and applied his stick towards his face and neck,

“I don’t know,” Lupul said of him possibly getting a call from Brendan Shanahan in the league office. “I felt bad. I went to cross-check him in the arm and it kind of hit off him (upwards). I haven’t seen the clip. It was certainly an accident.”


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