While most fans still await the NHL's Player Safety Department's decision in the case of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri, who could face a suspension under the charge of boarding/charging on Boston Bruins' Tommy Wingels, there was another decision made by the League on Friday.
A controversial one, of course. There will be no supplemental discipline coming in the aftermath of a chippy Game 1 between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets. The two clubs had a player involved, as Caps winger Tom Wilson charged Alexander Wennberg, while Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson caught Michal Kempny with a hit from behind.
It was a hard-hitting game last night, and the NHL's Player Safety Department had a lot to look over, but decided that neither player will be suspended, reports Isabelle Kurshudyan of The Washington Post.
"The league’s department of player safety could not definitively determine whether Wennberg’s head was the main point of contact for Wilson’s hit given the available camera angles, the person said."
“I’m just trying to finish my check there,” Wilson said after the game. “I’m obviously not trying to take a penalty. That cost us the game. That’s a critical moment. I’ve got to be better and maybe pass up on that hit. We’ve got the lead there so maybe a big hit is not needed. It’s playoffs. Trying to finish your checks, and unfortunately I took a penalty. They capitalized on a couple of their opportunities there in the third period.”
“The hit on Wennberg for me is a dangerous hit,” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said.
Both plays resulted in penalties; Wilson got a minor one and Anderson received a boarding major and game misconduct and subsequently ejected from the contest. It seems like that's all it's going to be for the two teams, who will meet up again on Sunday. The Blue Jackets are holding to a 1-0 series lead after winning last night's game in overtime with a final score for 4-3.
Wennberg suffered an undisclosed “upper-body” injury on the play in the third period, and he didn’t return. He is ruled doubtful for Game 2, while Kempny is considered day-to-day and will be re-evaluated for an undisclosed “upper-body” injury on Saturday.