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Shane Doan will meet with NHL over his elbow to Jamie Benn

Mar 21, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

It didn’t take long for the NHL to step in on Shane Doan.

After Doan’s dirty elbow to the head of Stars forward Jamie Benn during Dallas’ shootout win, the league will be meeting with Doan over the play.

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports Doan will meet with the league at 5 p.m. to discuss the play that saw him put Benn down on the ice with a needless shot to the head. Benn was not injured on the play and Doan received only a minor penalty for elbowing.

If you’re curious whether or not Doan is a first-time offender or not, he isn’t. Doan was just fined last week for boarding Calgary’s Mark Giordano and he was also the first player suspended after the implementation of Rule 48 last season when he hit Anaheim’s Dan Sexton.

Dallas coach Glen Gulutzan said after last night’s game that he feels Doan should be sat down for the hit as he told ESPNDallas,com.

“I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow. The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it’s deliberate.”

It sure looks deliberate from this vantage point. Here’s video of the hit if you haven’t seen it. If this one doesn’t warrant action from Brendan Shanahan, who knows what will from here out.

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  1. bcjim - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

    Benn seemed to be marked last night. Investigate the whole team for organized goonery. I’m not a Stars fan (or Phx) is there some history there? Why would they be so hell bent on maiming him last night?

    Other than that, it was an entertaining game to watch.

  2. yotesfan3 - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    Doan is not a dirty player like this biased article says! Contact was made but Benn could have got an oscar for that performance. We will see what the league says

  3. howardforvezina - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Oh right, Doan is dirty player remember him hitting Franzen in the back in the playoffs. His face was messed up(nose) and was bleading quite bad. You know what no penalty. I know countless other cases, yotesfan.That is why when most guys drafted early to mid 90s are gone the league will be better.

    • dougyfresh9981 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      First of all, Franzen was already losing an edge when he got hit, that’s why it turned out bad. It wasn’t even close to a suspendable hit by Doan. Just another Wings fan who complains about something when it doesn’t go ‘Hockeytowns’ way

  4. pound30 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    I don’t know how you can say that Benn was acting on that. It was pretty clear that Doan’s elbow made good contact with his head. You need to watch the replay I think. Doan apparently is a dirty player considering he is a multiple repeat offender.

  5. cup0pizza - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Stay classy, yotesfan…accusing Benn of acting. Doan sucks, so I guess thuggery is all he can rely on at this point. Didn’t stop the Strs from winning, did it? The Coyotes have always been a loser organization.

  6. jkaflagg - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    I usually try very hard to rationalize the so- called illegal hits – the game is so fast, the players are bigger and at times it ‘s difficult to avoid a potentially illegal hit and still do your job on the ice…..

    In this case, however, there is absolutely no rationalization – Doan targeted the head with high elbow. Should Doan not receive a significant suspension, the NHL might as well forget about any semblance of discipline and allow every team to bring in goons to target and run skilled players out of the league.

    As well, hopefully the league discuss with the officials how a textbook ” deliberate attempt to injure” somehow became a two minute minor that allowed Doan to stay in the game and contribute to the tying goals that gave Phoenix an important point in the standings…….any request for leniency for Doan should take into account that allowing him to remain in the game was leniency enough.

  7. kotteintheslot - Mar 21, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    No reason for that elbow. at least 5 games.

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