The Bruins have suffered another borderline hit from the opposition that will once again go unpunished.
The NHLs Player Safety Department announced on Sunday that there would be no supplemental discipline for Kyle Turris after he left his feet to deliver an elbow to Joe Corvos head in the third period of Bostons 5-3 win Saturday night at Scotiabank Place.
Turris was slapped with a boarding penalty at the time. The Ottawa youngster did have a hearing with Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Game Operations Brendan Shanahan, but there was no fine or suspension for Turris.
Corvo seemed to avoid injury after taking contact to the head before falling face-first into the dasher, and perhaps that played a part in the decision. But Shanahan said he was also convinced after meeting with Turris that there was no malice behind the forwards actions, and he has no prior history in the supplemental discipline department.
Because there was enough head contact on this hit, the Department of Player Safety felt it was necessary to convene a hearing to examine the play further, Shanahan said in a prepared statement. After reviewing the video extensively as we heard Turris' explanation of how the play developed, we concluded that the head was not targeted intentionally or even recklessly and that the circumstances surrounding the hit contributed significantly to the amount of head contact that resulted.
We therefore have decided that there will be no supplemental discipline added to the penalty assessed on the play.
The Bruins will see Turris and the Senators again in a rematch Tuesday night at the home confines of the TD Garden.