Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa will not be suspended following the boarding penalty that he incurred during Game 5 on Saturday against Nashville.
The decision was made by the NHL after a disciplinary hearing on Sunday between Hossa and NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. Hossa pushed Predators' defenceman Dan Hamhuis into the boards in the third period.
Campbell released a statement explaining how the league came to its judgment.
"I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa. This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender and that the call of a major penalty by the Referee was significant and appropriate."
Hossa ended up scoring the winning goal in overtime to give Chicago a 3-2 series lead. After the game, Predators coach Barry Trotz compared Hossa's hit to the one that Alex Ovechkin made on Brian Campbell that resulted in Ovechkin getting a two-game suspension.