DETROIT (AP) -Anaheim Ducks forward Mike Brown was ejected from the team's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night for a hit that bloodied Jiri Hudler.
Hudler passed the puck and was defenseless when Brown hit him, appearing to land an elbow to the head during the first period on Friday night.
"I just hit him with my shoulder. My elbow wasn't up," Brown insisted losing 3-2 to Detroit. "My stick wasn't up. I don't think it should have been a penalty. I mean, his head was down and I think they called it because he was cut, but I probably think that was from his visor."
The game was delayed briefly while Hudler was helped off the ice and blood was scraped off it. A towel was pressed against a big cut above Hudler's left eye. Hudler returned to the game in the second period.
Red Wings coach Mike Babcock is curious to hear if the NHL issues a suspension.
"The league and the players' association are big on protecting guys' heads," Babcock said. "It was a vicious hit."
Brown was given a major penalty for interference, leading to Detroit's tying goal. He also earned a game misconduct that ended his night.
Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said the hit wasn't dirty.
"Physical conduct is allowed," Carlyle said. "We timed the hit. From the time he passed the puck to the time Mike Brown made contact with him, not a second went off the clock.
"He didn't hit him with his elbow. He hit him with his shoulder. Hudler was admiring his pass."