No Hearing For Nic Dowd’s Hit To Eric Staal


There will be no hearing by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety (DoPS) for the hit made by Washington Capitals center Nic Dowd on Buffalo Sabres Eric Staal in Thursday night’s Capitals-Sabres game.

The play in question occurred in the third period of last night’s game in Buffalo. Dowd was crossing center ice and cutoff Staal on the play. Dowd received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on the play. Staal would leave the game.

No hearing means there will be no supplemental discipline for Dowd, and thus, he is eligible to play in tonight’s second game of the back-to-back set.

Staal is currently listed as a game-time decision for Friday night’s game.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to No Hearing For Nic Dowd’s Hit To Eric Staal

  1. Pingback: Ingen hörsel för Nic Dowds hit till Eric Staal – Hockeyspelare

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Albeit the correct call, here. It’s still difficult to follow the “logic” of DoPS.

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