Washington Capital was furious with Anders Lee’s header that injured Nicklas Backstrom after game 1, Wednesday.
John Carlson called the unsuspecting blow “really dirty”, TJ Oshie described it as “extremely late” and “cheap”, and Todd Reirden said it was “hunting”.
Despite the Capital’s protests, the NHL’s Player Safety Department will not discipline Anders Lee. Athletic’s Arthur Staple reported the news on Twitter.
We already know the news from the tournament at the moment, but confirmed that there will be no additional discipline for Anders Lee for his first hit on Nick Backstrom.
No head exposure, this is usually @NHLPlayerSafety standard for hearing jamming penalty. #Isles
̵1; Arthur Staple (@StapeAthletic) August 13, 2020
Lee was fined two minutes for interfering in the match and challenged by John Carlson and Tom Wilson.
Islanders head coach Barry Trotz called the hit a “hockey game”.
“I don’t know if Nick is ready,” Trotz said. “Anders was a strong guy, the shot was taken and they responded, he and Wilson fought and that was probably the end of it. We shall see.”
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