No penalty for Malkin’s blow to Oshie’s head?

The Bradenton Herald - - Sports -

Ev­geni Malkin will not have a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for his shoul­der to the head of T.J. Oshie dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Cap­i­tals-Pen­guins game in Wash­ing­ton.

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 gamewin­ner with 1:14 left, was not mad at Malkin for what he per­ceived to be an ac­ci­dent.

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