WINNIPEG - It was the play that had the hockey world talking, but for all the wrong reasons if you're Winnipeg Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey.
During a penalty kill late in the first period of Tuesday's 2-0 Game 4 win at Minnesota's Xcel Energy Center, Morrissey cross-checked Wild forward Eric Staal up high across the head, leaving many to wonder - and debate - if the 23-year-old will be available for Game 5.
There was no call on the play and Staal was thankfully not injured, finishing the night with more than 20 minutes of ice time to lead all Minnesota forwards.
Morrissey will have a telephone hearing with the NHL's Department of Player Safety at 2:30pm CT and could face a fine, suspension or nothing at all, considering he has no prior history and is one of the cleanest players on the Jets' roster.
Head Coach Paul Maurice said he would be surprised if there was a suspension, adding there was "no intent" on Morrissey's part, unlike some of the other plays that have transpired over the course of the series and have gone unpunished.