Kris Letang appears to have gotten away with one.
The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman won’t have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, despite catching New York Rangers forward Viktor Stalberg in the face with his stick, TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reported Wednesday. The incident came Tuesday during Game 3 of the teams’ Stanley Cup playoffs first-round series.
Letang lost his balance after a collision with Rangers forward Dominic Moore and appeared to slash Stalberg in the face with his stick. Whether or not it was intentional, the play certainly didn’t look good.
Not only will Letang reportedly avoid supplemental discipline, he wasn’t even whistled for a penalty on the play. The fact that the high stick appeared to be incidental almost certainly played a role in Letang skating without a fine or suspension.