No discipline for Chara stemming from Wingels hit

No discipline for Chara stemming from Wingels hit
October 25, 2013, 4:45 pm
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While the Bruins sit and wait to see what happens with Buffalo Sabres goon John Scott sitting down with the NHL Department of Player Safety, it appears they won’t have their own player also meeting with NHL discipline maestro Brendan Shanahan.

The NHL reviewed a Zdeno Chara hit on Sharks forward Tommy Wingels from the first period of Thursday night’s 2-1 Boston win over San Jose, and there haven’t been any hearings scheduled or disciplinary actions taken against the B’s captain.

Wingels exited the game after the hit from Chara in the corner that the Sharks forward appeared to duck into, and never returned following the collision. The hit appeared to come a shade late in what could have been an interference call on the ice, but the refs didn’t blow the whistle in a game that was light on penalties overall.

Members of the CSN Bay Area broadcast team out of San Jose had an issue with the hit when it appeared Chara made some level of contact in Wingels’ head area, but Sharks head coach Todd McLellan didn’t seem to be stumping for a suspension following the game.

“You know what, every time somebody is hit now we quickly run to the video and we analyze – was it legal, was it illegal? It’s a hard game, and it’s played by hard players that have to get involved physically night in and night out,” said Todd McLellan. “They have to take some lumps, too. We have to give some lumps, we have to take some lumps.

“If it’s dirty, I think it should be severely dealt with. If it’s hard hockey, then so be it.”

It was a tough night for Wingels, who was also clobbered in the head area when he tucked his head down prior to a collision with Dougie Hamilton in the side boards during a one-on-one battle for puck possession.