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Posted at 09:30 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Rene Bourque faces disciplinary hearing after elbowing Nicklas Backstrom

Calgary forward Rene Bourque will have a disciplinary hearing Wednesday morning after elbowing Nicklas Backstrom in the head in the third period of Washington’s 3-1 win over the Flames Tuesday.

Given that the Flames play again Thursday, it’s likely NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan will make a ruling on the situation by the end of the day.

It’s possible Bourque could face a lengthy suspension given that he is a repeat offender. Bourque received a two-game suspension in December for hitting Chicago’s Brent Seabrook from behind.

Bourque was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing after hitting Backstrom, while the center returned to the ice for the start of the power play and then took two more shifts. Washington removed Backstrom from the game with 3 minutes and 19 seconds remaining as a precaution.

Following Tuesday’s game the nature of any injuries Backstrom suffered on the play was unclear. Washington has an optional practice scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at KCI.

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