It looked like nothing more than a strangle play on first blush, but there were more than a few outcries for some NHL Player Safety justice after an incident with Dennis Seidenberg and Bobby Ryan in the third period of Friday night’s 4-2 B’s loss at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Seidenberg was retrieving a puck behind the Boston net when he felt fore-check pressure coming from a rushing Bobby Ryan. The Bruins defenseman got into a protective posture, and his raised elbow struck the Ottawa power forward in the face while sending him flying in the opposite direction.
The NHL Player Safety Department hasn’t scheduled a hearing with Seidenberg, per a league source, and wouldn’t be in a rush given that the Bruins don’t play again until Monday night in Carolina. It isn’t expected, however, that the B’s defenseman will be meeting with Brendan Shanahan about the incident.
It was difficult to ascertain whether the Ryan leap in the air was embellishment or contact being made with his head, but there was no penalty called on the ice in the aftermath of the incident. Ryan skated slowly back to the Senators bench with his head down, and didn’t return to a game late in the third period with Ottawa holding a two-goal lead.
Clearly there could have be an elbowing penalty called on the ice, but it didn’t appear that Seidenberg’s elbow was intentional or reckless in nature.
It felt more like a vulnerable defenseman that was bracing for contact with a big-bodied Ryan bearing down on him, and Seidenberg has zero history of anything meriting supplemental discipline.
Bobby Ryan was a full participant in Senators practice on Saturday, and didn't appear to be suffering any ill effects stemming from the collision with Seidenberg late in Friday night's Ottawa win.