No discipline for Senators' Michalek after alleged kick
4/24/2012 6:32:03 PM
Ottawa Senators forward Milan Michalek will not face supplementary discipline for his alleged kick on New York Rangers' defenceman Dan Girardi near the end of Game 6 on Monday.
According to NHL.com, NHL senior vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan called Michalek and issued a warning.
While Chris Neil was causing havoc in front of the Rangers net on Jason Spezza's goal in the final minute of the game, Michalek appeared to push Girardi away with his skate.
The play drew some similarities to an incident involving Carolina's Jeff Skinner, who was suspended for two games in March when he used a skate to push Scott Nichol of the St. Louis Blues.
In that suspension video from Shanahan, he described the Skinner play as a violation of Rule 49 specific to kicking and offered the following conclusion, "any intentional or reckless use of a skate blade in this manner is extremely dangerous and unacceptable."
Michalek is expected to be in the lineup for the Senators when they face the New York Rangers in Game 7 on Thursday night.