Phillip Danault got away with it. The blow he gave Tim Stützle at the start of the third period on Sunday, which hit the German rookie in the throat, seems to have gone unnoticed.
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The Canadian striker has not received any penalty. Neither on the streak nor from the NHL Player Safety Department.
Moreover, it is to wonder if the disciplinary prefect of the NHL, George Parros, saw the gesture since no mention of the event was entered.
According to rule 62.3 of the NHL rulebook, a major penalty must be awarded to a player who darts an opponent. This automatically results in game misconduct.
A suspension in four years
Asked about this Monday morning, DJ Smith was quick to nip any possibility of controversy in the bud.
“The referees are doing their best. Hockey is a fast paced game, things happen very quickly. Since the start of the season, I have found that the officials have done an impeccable job. There was a game where they gave us a lot of penalties, but they were deserved, ”said the Senators coach.
According to scoutinftherefs.com, the last suspension for darting was imposed on Brad Marchand (two games) of the Bruins on April 4, 2017, for a gesture against Jake Dotchin, of the Lightning.
Since then, the player safety department has contented itself with handing out five fines.
In addition, Thomas Chabot trained again with his teammates on Monday. Smith has not confirmed the return of his defender in training.
“I didn’t have time to speak with the healers, but he looked great on the ice,” he said.
Chabot has missed the last two games with an upper body injury. Since he’s used 25 and a half minutes per game on average, his absence left a gaping hole in the Senators’ defensive squad.