No suspension for Evgeni Malkin

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No suspension for Evgeni Malkin

TAMPA Evgeni Malkin wont be receiving any further scrutiny from the NHL after his boarding hit on Johnny Boychuk in the third period of Bostons Sunday afternoon loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There will be no hearing and no supplemental discipline from Brendan Shanahan and the Department of Player Safety for Malkin, and there wasnt much expectation from the Bruins that it would amount to anything. Boychuk exited to the dressing room briefly following the hit to have his nose checked out after his face was plastered into the boards, but he finished up the third period.

So there was no injury.

It also appeared that Boychuk might have slightly turned away from Malkin just before contact was made on the hit, and Malkin has no prior history of borderline hits with the league. Above and beyond that theres also the perceived superstar treatment from the league: it oft-times takes something far above and beyond the pale from one of the leagues top players to merit a fine, hearing or suspension.

Bruins coach Claude Julien casually referenced that following Sunday afternoons loss while also acknowledging the difficulty of Shanahans job parsing through each and every controversial hit at the league offices.

Theyre the ones that make those decisions. We dont like those hits. My job is tough enough as it is, said Julien. I dont want to do his because Shanahans job is tough as well. Well let him do his job and Ill do mine. Well move on. Youve just got to look at it that way.

For different reasons they make their assessments and decide. We as coaches have to do our jobs and work with the guys we have. Worrying about a Malkin suspension is wasting a lot of time because it doesnt change anything on our team.

The best news for the Bruins: Boychuk took a pretty healthy face-plant into the boards and walked away from it just a couple of weeks after suffering a mild concussion stemming from a Chris Neil steam-roller hit.

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

Eduardo Rodriguez strong, Red Sox down Mariners for 5th straight win

BOSTON (AP)  Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings and the Boston Red Sox took advantage of a sloppy performance by the Seattle Mariners to earn their season-high fifth straight win, 3-0 on Friday night.

It was the third consecutive win for Rodriguez (4-1), who went six innings, gave up just five hits and struck out four while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Craig Kimbrel earned his 13th save.

Rodriguez has pitched at least six innings in his last seven starts, going 4-0 in that span.

The only run support Rodriguez needed came in the second inning, when Hanley Ramirez scored on Josh Rutledge's RBI groundout. Boston added two more runs in the sixth, scoring on a wild pitch and passed ball.

Yovani Gallardo (2-5) took the loss. He lasted 5 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits and was responsible for all three of Boston's runs. Seattle has won just one of its last seven.

Meanwhile, Boston gave Rodriguez got lots of help from his defense. Jackie Bradley Jr. had a pair of nice plays, getting an outfield assist in the second and running down another ball on the warning track in the sixth.

In addition to the pitching miscues, the Mariners had all kinds of issues in the wet conditions, committing two fielding errors.

The Red Sox left 11 runners on base, leaving the door open for the Mariners to get back in the game. But Seattle couldn't capitalize, going 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position. The Mariners also left seven runners stranded.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (strained left forearm) was slated to make a rehab start Friday night in Double-A Arkansas. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since May 5. He could be activated for a start at the end of the month against Colorado.

Red Sox: Infielder Marco Hernandez will be out the remainder of the season after undergoing stabilization surgery on his left shoulder on Friday. Hernandez was placed on the disabled list May 4 with a left shoulder misalignment. The 24-year-old hit .276 with two RBI in 21 games. ... A night after he left the game with left knee pain, 2B Dustin Pedroia was held out Friday for what manager John Farrell said was "precautionary reasons" because of the wet playing surface.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Rob Whalen (0-2, 4.09 ERA in Triple-A Tacoma) will be making his major league start since last season with Atlanta. He will be 12th different starting pitcher the Mariners have used this season.

Red Sox: LHP Brian Johnson (1-0, 7.20 ERA) will be making his second major league start this year and third of his career.

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