The NHL has decided that Matt Niskanen’s five-minute major and game misconduct penalty in last night’s game against the Penguins was sufficient discipline for his hit on the Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety released its decision Tuesday morning:
Matt Niskanen will not have a hearing for his cross-check on Sidney Crosby.
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The Penguins’ star center was injured on a play early in the first period while driving to the net. Crosby and the Capitals Matt Niskanen would ultimately collide as Crosby was falling to the ice. Niskanen would receive a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the play.
Crosby would be helped from the ice and not return to the game. The Penguins have not provided an update on his condition as of Tuesday morning.
By Jon Sorensen