Matt Dumba knocks Joe Pavelski out of Stars-Wild Game 1 with devastating hit

Could there be supplemental discipline coming for Matt Dumba?

It did not look good for Joe Pavelski after this hit. (USA TODAY Sports)
It did not look good for Joe Pavelski after this hit. (USA TODAY Sports)

Veteran Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski needed help off the ice after getting tagged with a late, devastating hit by Minnesota defenseman Matt Dumba midway through the Wild's 3-2 double overtime win in Game 1 Monday night.

Pavelski banged his head off the ice surface on the play and did not return to the game. Officials decided to give Dumba just a two-minute minor for interference instead of a five-minute major after video review.

Dumba will not be summoned for a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. The 28-year-old has never been suspended at the NHL level.

After the game, Stars coach Pete DeBoer said the veteran is banged up and his availability for Game 2 is in doubt. DeBoer also said he trusts the officials made the right call on the play.

Pavelski’s concussion history makes Dumba hit a bigger concern

Pavelski, 38, has a bit of a concussion history. Most prominently, he was bloodied and shaken up after a scary fall following a 2019 collision with then-Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

While that turn of events led to a five-minute major penalty that helped the Sharks kick off a stunning comeback against the Golden Knights, it was a frightening injury for Pavelski. Back during that postseason, Pavelski discussed dealing with concussion-like symptoms while celebrating his teammates’ win.

“I had the headaches and was dizzy at that moment, but was able to come out. I wanted to be in that room,” Pavelski told the Mercury News. “I was still very excited for those guys and then we went and got everything checked out after.”

Pavelski has found some incredible chemistry with young forwards Jason Robertson and Roope Hintz in Dallas, particularly this season, with Pavelski scoring 28 goals and 77 points in 82 games while providing his typically shrewd two-way play and helping Robertson ascend into a bona fide superstar.

Obviously, the most important thing is that Pavelski emphasizes his long-term health. No doubt, the Stars would miss his presence if he ends up missing a portion of what could be a tight, challenging series against the Wild.