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Hossa has hearing with NHL this afternoon

Apr 25, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, Marian Hossa will have a discplinary hearing with the NHL this afternoon regarding his boarding penalty on Dan Hamhuis in yesterday’s game between the Blackhawks and the Predators.

As McKenzie notes, just because a player has a hearing does not necessarily mean a suspension will follow. Matt Cooke had a hearing over his hit on Marc Savard, yet was not punished by the NHL.

As I stated this morning, I don’t see this hit as similar to one that had Alex Ovechkin suspended two games earlier this season. Hossa’s hands were outstretched and clearly on Hamhuis’ side, while the puck was right at their feet. A bit different than the hit on Ovechkin.

  1. Birdie17 - Apr 25, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Hossa will not, and should not, be suspended. This hit was similar to Ovechkin’s hit on Campbell, for which he was, but should NOT have been suspended. This is the playoffs- there’s a different set of rules for this time of year. The NHL would not dare take one of the Hawks best players out of the lineup on a marginal call like this.

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