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Martin Hanzal to meet with NHL over his hit on Dustin Brown

May 16, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

Martin Hanzal will meet with the NHL today to discuss his push from behind on Kings forward Dustin Brown. Now, it’ll be up to Brendan Shanahan to determine if Hanzal sits for Game 3 and possibly more.

Hanzal’s hit came in the third period of last night’s chippy Game 2 with the Kings already ahead 3-0. Jeff Carter would score his hat trick goal during the five-minute major. Hanzal was also given a game misconduct on the play. Brown, meanwhile, was seemingly uninjured on the play and returned immediately.

As we’ve seen with other plays in the past, injury has played a factor in determining the severity of punishment. Considering how reckless this hit was, injury or not, Hanzal appears to be a candidate to sit for one game.

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  1. themohel - May 16, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Dirty hit by a team quickly gaining a reputation as a dirty team. I’m with Sutter – I don’t think the Doan hit was too bad, but the Smith hack on Brown was dirty and his flop to get the goalie interference call was soccer-esque (no hockey class).

    • noisetheorem - May 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

      Smith’s flopping is ridiculous. His acting is some of the best in the NHL. He should have gotten an oscar nomination for his performance when he got hit by Andrew Shaw in the first round against the Hawks. He is a major douche bag.

    • blomfeld - May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      I agree … the Coyotes are showing themselves to be not only incapable of handling finances, but incapable of handling adversity on the ice too … the best suspension of all would be for the Kings to sweep these clowns in four !

      GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. lunchboxray - May 16, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    Not the worst I’ve seen. Definitely a dirty hit. Definitely a suspendable hit, at least one game maybe 2.

  3. grillmarks - May 16, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    So hot right now.

    • gaborik104life - May 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      hilarious I died when i saw this

    • challer9 - May 16, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      Hahahaha anyone who gives that a thumbs down obviously hasn’t seen the movie.

    • yarjator - May 16, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      I have to say this every time he touches the puck.

  4. habsman - May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    It looked like the Andrew Ferrence hit on McDonaugh, dirty and deliberate.

    One or two games would be fitting.

    • ballistictrajectory - May 16, 2012 at 11:43 AM

      I guess they let you out of rehab (ooohhh did not see that…).

      • habsman - May 16, 2012 at 11:50 AM

        That all you got?

  5. hogblogger8i6 - May 16, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Pathetic. And as usual the NHL won’t do much. I have never understood why the NHL takes into consideration if the receiving player was actually injured or not on the play. If the play is dirty, as in this case, the offending player should be dealt with severely whether there was an injury or not.

  6. dougr42 - May 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Has he been suspended or fined before?

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