Despite opinion to the contrary, New York Rangers star forward Rick Nash will not be in line for an NHL suspension following his actions Thursday night during his club’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.
With the Rangers down 2-0 and 5:30 remaining in the third period, Nash left his feet and elbowed the Florida forward, who was positioned stationary in the slot. Approaching from Kopecky’s back, Nash delivered his check blindside and directly to the head.
Kopecky’s helmet flew off and he hit the ice face-first. He got to his feet on his own and finished the game sitting on the bench.
Nash, who is not a repeat offender, went unpenalized on the play and will not face a supplementary discipline hearing from the league.
What a leap by Rick Nash!!Oh wait, Tomas Kopecky’s head was there. Oops…
Given the typical timeliness of other hearing announcements — including Vancouver Canucks denceman’s Alex Edler’s hearing based on a play that occurred in a later game that same night — the league’s silence on the Nash hit stirred ripples through the NHL community Friday.