No supplemental discipline for Erik Johnson after Kyle Palmieri hit

Nico Hischier and Taylor Hall had Kyle Palmieri’s back after he was taken out with a knee-on-knee hit.

Colorado Avalanche defenceman Erik Johnson will not be receiving supplemental discipline following a knee-on-knee hit on New Jersey Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Johnston also had some hopeful news for Devils fans when it comes to Palmieri’s status.

“As bad as the hit looked, actually, there’s some hopeful news that Kyle Palmieri didn’t suffer a knee injury there,” Johnston said during Saturday’s Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “He has an MRI [Sunday]. Some early indications that this is maybe just a bone bruise rather than a knee issue.”

The incident, which happened late in the second period of Saturday’s game, was followed by a brawl that involved Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier coming to Palmieri’s defence. (Watch the clip at the top of this post.)

Palmieri was slow to get up and appeared to be favouring his right knee as he limped off the ice with the help of a trainer.

Johnson was issued a two-minute minor penalty, but “is not going to receive supplemental discipline,” per Johnston.

“They deem that that he wasn’t deliberately trying to hit him there with knee on knee,” Johnston said.