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No hearing for Penner after apparent elbow to Bolland’s head (Updated with explanation from NHL)

Jun 7, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

Dustin Penner elbow to David Bolland in 3rd. 6/6/13 Chicago Blackhawks vs LA Kings NHL Hockey - Created at

According to CSN Chicago’s Tracey Myers, there will be no disciplinary hearing for Kings forward Dustin Penner after last night’s apparent elbow/forearm to the head of Chicago’s Dave Bolland.

Apparently the league did review the play, which didn’t result in a penalty on the ice.

It’s not clear why the league chose to give Penner a pass. That Bolland wasn’t injured was likely a factor. Perhaps the league felt it was a penalty, but not an offense that rose to the level of supplemental discipline. Or, for you cynical types, maybe it was an even-up no-call after Bolland’s hit that hurt Mike Richards in Game 1.


Here’s the play in full:

  1. nightfireop - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    solution: get out of penner’s way.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      LMAO ya, right..i almost wish the kings would advance just so those punks can try that crap on the likes of Lucic or Chara…both if which would PUMMEL any of the kings into the ice.
      its ok though, im getting used to watching the Kings play dirty and get away with everything..the league at least has been consistent in that manner.

      • nightfireop - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        i don’t see how you turned a suggestion into something so acrimonious, either way, you have to get crazy thinking that somehow ONE team “gets away with everything.”
        i see you’re very confident with lucic or chara’s “pummeling”, clearly you haven’t seen what the kings can do to hapless opponents. 😉

  2. qauzaq - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    I’m a Kings fan and I’m certainly glad he won’t be suspended but I am very surprised he isn’t getting a conference with the NHL.

  3. bitlrc - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    spin that wheel!

  4. hammerhead5573 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Is it just me or does Shanny just flip a coin in order to make decisions? Surprised he didn’t suspend Bolland for not avoiding the elbow.

    • ctochester12 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Don’t worry he has just not announced that yet.

  5. pudgalvin - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    I’d say a suspension might be too much, but if they decide these things on how badly someone got injured, that’s completely ridiculous.

    • arlingtonrob - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:31 AM

      Are players even fined in the NHL? Serious question since I cannot recall announcements of fines being issued for on-ice incidents.

      Hitting the pocketbook in lue of suspension seems like an appropriate penalty to me.

      So don’t keep Penner from playing, just take 25,000 grand out on his pocket.

      That would give him something to think about.

  6. ctochester12 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    It is good that the NHL is so serious about getting head shots out of the game. Since it was not called correctly on the ice it should be a game. I can not believe how incompetent the ref’s have been this year.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

      kings get away with pretty much anything. unless its completely blatant, the refs just ignore them..kind of takes the credibility away from the game

  7. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    That will teach Penner not to intentionally elbow another players head. Great job.

  8. comeonnowguys - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Shanahan either thinks the Kings are going to lose and it won’t matter, or he has no clue how to consistently hand out discipline.

    My money’s on the latter.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      Seriously, how is that deliberate? Man, they make it really hard to argue with the tinfoil-hat conspiracy clowns sometimes.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:27 PM


      So ready for the weekend.

  9. kcprof926 - Jun 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    What if Bolland stayed on the ground and was hurt? Is it a different ruling? All of this is a joke. He intentionally picked elbow up straight to his head. Who cares as Penner will be playing golf next week

    • hammerhead5573 - Jun 7, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Best point made so far.

      And here’s what I am struggling to understand, the term “repeat offender”. So the next time Penner does this will he be considered a repeat offender or not? If the answer is no, than there is a huge problem with the way they rule things. I guess we all have our own opinions but most everyone seems to believe there need to be more consistency.

  10. tripps3 - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I think if Bollard flopped around like Brown (it is LA, home of acting) it may have been called differently.

  11. earpaniac - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    Wow. Just wow.

  12. winefool - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Easy, suspending Penner doesn’t increase the likelihood of extending the series for more $$$…

  13. alexbaymac - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Penner will never have a ‘history’ until you ACTUALLY CALL HIM OUT FOR HIS ACTIONS. That’s a stupid criteria; either he hit him with his elbow (like he has before) or he didn’t. The history part should only affect the length of the discipline.

  14. ynothockey - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    Shanny and the disciplinary committee are such a joke! Think maybe they all have been hit in the head too many times. Need to start making rules the same for ALL players. Not just pick and choose who gets away with breaking the rules of the game and who they throw the book at for the same penalty.

  15. loyallakingsfan35yrs - Jun 8, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    If your watch the 1st video it looks like a dance. No foul

  16. tantrum4 - Jun 8, 2013 at 2:27 AM

    I love the people saying Penner should be suspended yet seem to forget Perron did the EXACT same thing to Penner in round one and didn’t get a hearing, and Bolland knocked Richards out of this series with a flying headshot in game 1 and also didn’t get a hearing. Try taking off your homer glasses for once people, there’s lots of other neat stuff to see out there.

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