Malkin avoids hear­ing af­ter head hit

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - STEPHEN WHYNO

WASH­ING­TON Ev­geni Malkin will not have a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for his shoul­der to the head of T.J. Oshie dur­ing the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins’ 2-1 loss at the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals.

Two peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press that Malkin would not face a hear­ing with the NHL depart­ment of player safety and there­fore won’t be sus­pended. The peo­ple spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Thurs­day be­cause the league does not an­nounce the lack of a hear­ing.

With Pitts­burgh on the power play early in the third pe­riod, Malkin passed the puck and lifted his right shoul­der into Oshie’s head and kept skat­ing. The of­fi­cials con­ferred be­fore de­cid­ing to give Malkin a five-minute ma­jor penalty for an il­le­gal check to the head and eject him from Wed­nes­day night’s game.

Oshie, who re­turned and scored the game-win­ner with 1:14 left, was not mad at Malkin for what he per­ceived to be an ac­ci­dent. “He maybe thought I was com­ing to hit him and so he threw the re­verse shoul­der out there, which I try to do that all the time,” Oshie said. “I just wasn’t ex­pect­ing it be­ing on the PK.”

League of­fi­cials agreed with Oshie’s as­sump­tion that Malkin was brac­ing for con­tact, not try­ing to de­liver a vi­cious head­shot.

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