No discipline for Malkin - 03-12-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

According to the Post-Gazette's Dave Molinari, the NHL will not hand down any supplemental discipline against Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin in regards to a boarding minor against Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

At 13:29 of the third period of yesterday's game, Malkin hit Boychuk in the back and sent him crashing into the boards face first. Boychuk left the momentarily following the hit but returned eventually. He was not injured.

The hit in question:

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EN Says: A few things to consider:

1.) Boychuk was not injured. The league always considers that when doling out discipline. We've always felt the actions and not the results should be punished, but this is how the NHL operates.

2.) Malkin has a clean history of discipline. He has never been fined or suspended for anything on the ice. This is another factor the NHL considers.

3.) You almost have to wonder if the NHL feels Boychuk turned into the hit or put himself into a dangerous position. If that's how the NHL sees it, Malkin is absolved of any responsibility here.

Ultimately, it's surprising the league didn't even fine Malkin on this. He took advantage of Boychuk in a bad position. It wasn't a dirty hit but it was very reckless. Thankfully, Boychuk escaped any sort of injury.

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