The National Hockey League announced Sunday it will not take any further action related to a late-game hit by Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa on Nashville Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis during Saturday's Game 5 of the teams' Western Conference series.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell conducted a phone hearing with Hossa earlier Sunday afternoon. Campbell made the following statement after the meeting:
"I have made the decision that this play does not warrant supplemental discipline after considering all of the facts, including reviewing the video and speaking with Mr. Hossa," said Campbell. "This play is distinguishable from recent incidents by a number of factors, including the degree of contact involved; the fact that the consequences of the play do not appear to be as severe; that this was a hockey play involving a race for the puck; that Mr. Hossa is not a repeat offender; and that the call of a major penalty by the referee was significant and appropriate."
The five-minute major penalty for boarding was called on Hossa at the 18:57 mark of the third period. While Hossa was serving the penalty, teammate Patrick Kane scored a shorthanded goal with 13 seconds left in the game -- the first time in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs that a shorthanded goal was scored to tie up a game in the last minute of regulation.
Hossa served the final 3:57 of his boarding major as the Predators and Blackhawks went into overtime. Ten seconds after exiting the penalty box, Hossa scored the game-winning goal to make it a 5-4 victory for a jubilant Chicago club and its 22,000-plus hometown fans at United Center.
The win puts the Blackhawks up 3-2 in the series. Game 6 is in Nashville Monday night (9 p.m. ET, GameCenter LIVE Day Pass, only $19.95)