bartkowski_hotrookieDepending on how you look at it, the Bruins either dodged a bullet or were inadvertently punished Monday.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Brian Gionta on Sunday, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

Bartkowski will be eligible to continue playing for the Bruins, who have dressed him two straight games despite his constant struggles. A suspension would’ve forced the Bruins’ hand and probably improved their lineup with the addition of Zach Trotman or another defenseman in the organization.

Here’s the hit:

After the Bruins practiced at TD Garden on Tuesday, Bartkowski addressed the media for the first time since the hit. At that time, he said he had not yet heard from the league. He explained the play this way:

“It’s just a play in the game. You don’t like to see players leave the game. It’s not like it was my intent to injure anybody. It’s just a hit. So that’s about it.”

The player safety department announced its decision in a series of tweets:

In 16 games this season, Bartkowski has three assists and a minus-3 rating.