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No disciplinary hearing for Panthers’ Strachan after hitting Chimera late

Mar 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

Last night in Washington, Panthers defenseman Tyson Strachan was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for interference after crushing Capitals forward Jason Chimera with a late, open-ice hit in the neutral zone.

According to’s Chuck Gormley, Strachan will not face a disciplinary hearing for the check.

Chimera was able to keep playing in Washington’s 7-1 victory, the lack of serious injury perhaps serving as a factor in the league’s decision.

  1. elvispocomo - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Apart from an issue of timing, I don’t see anything wrong with that hit. The gif isn’t in real time so hard to tell if it was late or not.

    • kyzslew77 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      It was incredibly late, and he knew the puck was gone. True that he didn’t hit the head or leave his feet though. Probably deserved one game.

  2. jjregan21 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    He stayed low, didn’t target the head, didn’t charge. Maybe Chimera shouldn’t watch his pass in the neutral zone?

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    That was close. He had just let go of the puck. It was not high and not a charge. Good hit.

    • redwings1977 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      Agreed. Chimera was watching the puck and he got run over – no elbows, no additional strides, just a nice clean hit. As Mickey Redmond always says ‘for all you youngsters out there, you gotta keep your head up’. With that said, if it were a Red Wing on the receiving end I’d be screaming for Strachan’s head.

  4. blackfoot11 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    No headshot…No hearing with Shanny. Besides, the Caps sent a message will a subsequent PP goal and a 7-1 smackdown.

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    From the look of it, 2 minutes for roughing might even be a stretch.
    I guess the NHL won’t look at it, but any word on matt niskanen and his intent to injure with the slew foot? Should be about 4 games for that.

  6. sjsharks66 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Oh yeah dude. If it happened to a shark I would be upset as well. Thats just the emotional attachment to the team though. Haha after the game we would all watch it again and realize it was a legal hit.

  7. lammy5555 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Every player is taught from a young age not to admire their pass, especially in the neutral zone. If Chimera got his head up, he could have avoided the hit.

    Clean hit, too.

  8. sadskinsfan89 - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    He will have his hearing the next time they play the caps.

  9. r8rbhawk - Mar 8, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    That was Scott Stevensesque

  10. govtminion - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    It was VERY close to the line on being late, but close enough to at least be arguable. He never left his feet, and didn’t aim for the head. I think they got this one right, but I hope Chimera is okay after that landing.

  11. bufffalojoe - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    If it was Kaleta he would have been suspended 5 games

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