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No discipline for Stoll on Fowler hit; Stoll defends actions

Feb 3, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

LA Kings forward Jarret Stoll won’t face any supplemental discipline for his hit on Cam Fowler during Saturday night’s 7-4 loss to the Ducks.

The hit was arguably the most controversial moment of Anaheim’s wild win — early in the second period, Stoll nailed the Ducks defenseman into the boards, and the result was not good:

The hit itself was somewhat overshadowed by the Bryan AllenJordan Nolan fight, but the aftermath wasn’t — Fowler left the game with an upper-body injury and didn’t return, much to the consternation of the Ducks.

“If you saw the replay, Stoll hit him pretty good from behind,” Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau told the OC Register. “And I can understand why the refs didn’t call it. One was getting taken out. There’s another fight going on.

“But surely, you know, I saw the numbers when Stoll hit him. It was right from behind.”

Stoll defended his actions, saying he was actually trying to guide Fowler into the boards.

“I was just trying to carry him in and not go full bore at him,” Stoll explained (via Mayors’ Manor.) “So, I tried my best to do that, so we’ll see what happens.

“I didn’t want to push him in, so that’s why I grabbed the jersey a little bit.”

The Ducks haven’t given an update as to Fowler’s health. The entire team had a full day off Sunday, and team officials didn’t expect to update his status until Monday.

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