In the waning moments of Washington’s 2-1 loss to the Penguins at Verizon Center Thursday, defenseman John Carlson skated up through the defensive zone and hit Pittsburgh forward Matt Cooke.
Carlson’s right arm appeared to make contact with Cooke’s head on the hit. Cooke, a noted NHL villain, was not injured on the play.
Carlson will not have a disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan, the NHL’s vice president of player safety, and will not face any punishment following the hit according to league spokesman John Dellapina.
Check out a replay of the hit here.