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No hearing scheduled for Gudbranson after boarding Hartnell

Oct 9, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

The NHL has not scheduled a disciplinary hearing for Florida defenseman Erik Gudbranson after boarding Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell, a league spokesman said.

The league did note, however, that the Department of Player Safety reserves the right to change that if new information is discovered.

The incident in question occurred during Philly’s 2-1 win on Tuesday night. Gudbranson nailed Hartnell with 10 minutes to go in the third period and was tossed from the game:

Hartnell was down on the ice for a few minutes before getting up and finishing the game. He didn’t suffer any apparent injury but, following the contest, said he was definitely feeling the hit.

“I was more scared than anything — I don’t know if ‘scared’ is the right word,” Hartnell told CSN Philly. “But you never want to see a guy go awkwardly into the boards like that.

“Hasn’t happened to me in a couple years, but yeah, my shoulder’s not feeling that great, more just a little dazed or whatever.”

  1. ibieiniid - Oct 9, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    the word dazed scares me.

    so are they just waiting to see if he has a concussion to dole out punishment?

  2. curioustraveler13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I remember when this guy did something similar to malkin last year. There wasn’t any suspension and malkin missed 8 games due to an “upper body” injury. I don’t think this was intentional but gudbranson has a pattern forming here. Hartnell is one of my least favorite NHL players, still sucks to see anybody down on the ice like that. Hartnell down.

    • hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      That was a trip, though, no?

      I remember that play – scary as all hell the way his neck snapped back like that – personally I didn’t put too much of that on Gudbranson but I get your point.

      • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        No trip there. Right call by the on ice ref. It was a race to the puck, and Hartnell get there first. When Gudbranson say he was beat he then pushed Hartnell into the boards. It’s not like Gudbranson had Hartnell’s numbers in his face and he skated into him. He should however get a call from someone in the Department of Player Safety.

      • curioustraveler13 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        I think your right. It might of been a trip. He was involved in one other controversial hit too, on zubrus I think.

      • hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Joey4id – I wasn’t talking about this hit (the trip) – was talking about Gudbranson on Malkin last year.

      • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        :-) My bad.

  3. sjsharks66 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    So getting kicked out of a game does not involve a hearing? Sorry flyers fans, that is some bs.
    Waiting to change their decision to see if he is hurt? That basically proves that if someone is not injured on the play, you can do whatever you want.

    • hockey412 - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      I honestly think sometimes they toss people so there’s no retribution, etc. Weird but true. Did it to Cooke last year, if I remember correctly I think in the playoffs…I could be wrong.

      • hockeydon10 - Oct 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM

        Over on TSN Kerry Fraser has basically admitted that this happens. The way he put it is that referees are also charged with keeping control of the game. If that means ejecting a player who wouldn’t otherwise warrant an ejection they’ll do it. It has a slight calming influence on the ice.

    • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Rule 23.2 A player is automatically fined 200$ when assessed a game misconduct, and may be subject to supplemental fines or suspensions based on the discretion of GB.

      • youvebeenphaneufed - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        What’s your source for this? I like it if it’s legit.

      • joey4id - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        NHL Rule Book

  4. rushledger - Oct 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I don’t like this guy, he’s got away with this before, and with him walking away clean from this that means someone else has to get hurt before the league may or may not take it seriously.

  5. blackandorangeforlife - Oct 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    When i saw it last night i thought it was a minor penalty…..Doesn’t deserve a hearing!

  6. matthewmacisaac - Oct 9, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    This looked like the demonstration film for what not to do. The Flyers got 2 minutes for roughing on the same type of hit, but it was out, away from the boards, which I thought was a cheesy call (I thought it was one of those calls to keep the hits from escalating), but when you force someone headfirst into the boards, it should be dealt with with swift & blinding justice. For those that think I’m just a whiney Flyer fan, I’m also surprised they aren’t nailing Rosehill for his cheapshot ( and to discourage any more boneheadedness like that). I also thought the refs screwed up by calling nothing on Kopecky when he repeatedly shoved Timmonen’s head into the ice. I don’t mind good, hard hits- it’s the stupid WWEcrap that they let go that annoys me. That is the crap that escalates &eventually someone gets hurt on a cheapshot.

  7. ndrick731 - Oct 10, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Wish there was a time machine that could send the players that commit these type of actions back to the seventies for just one game. They would get a whole new definition of retaliation. This league is becoming an cheap wwe clone with the approval of Shanahan.

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