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Video- Is This A “Good, Hard Hit” Delivered To Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

Derek MacKenzie of the Blue Jackets made the hit and Ekman-Larsson did not return to the game, Coyotes only announced upper-body injury.

No penalty for the hit but Keith Yandle and MacKenzie did receive five for fighting...

added 9:50am, via NHL.com, MacKenzie will have a hearing tomorrow,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Derek MacKenzie will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Friday afternoon for a hit on Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena.

Ekman-Larsson left the game after being driven into the boards by MacKenzie. No penalty was called on the play, but MacKenzie was immediately engaged by Phoenix's Keith Yandle in a fight at 8:52 of the first period.

The Coyotes later announced that Ekman-Larsson would not return to the game with an upper-body injury.

The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

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  Tags: derek+mackenzie, oliver+ekman-larsson

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Paul's avatar

Damn, had this post done a while ago, forgot to open it, sorry.

Also, the hearing is in person.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/03/14 at 10:24 AM ET

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In person, looks like the are going to send a new years greeting to the players.

Posted by timbits on 01/03/14 at 10:46 AM ET

DocF's avatar

Well if this is not a suspension on the hoof, then I have wasted 67 years watching this game.  The league has to get this sort of garbage out of the game and long, long suspensions are going to be the only way to do it.

One thought:  How about not being able to replace a suspended player on the roster.  Make teams suffer for this behavior.

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 01/03/14 at 11:35 AM ET

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sad but our announcers are worse than the team

 

Posted by puckeye on 01/03/14 at 06:02 PM ET

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