Another day, another discipline review for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. Richard Panik of the Tampa Bay Lightning will have his hit on Karl Alzner looked at according to NHL.com. The incident occurred at 16:31 of the second period when Panik shoved the Washington Capitals defenseman from behind.
He was given a five minute penalty for boarding on the play.
Alzner was slow to get up, but eventually returned in the third period. He spoke to Katie Carrera of The Washington Post about how he was feeling following the hit:
I’m fine, I’m completely fine. It was more scary than anything. But I have no effects, no after-effects. It was more just shock than anything. My head feels fine, everything’s fine. I’m pretty lucky.
He also added that he did not undergo concussion testing protocol before returning to the bench for Washington.
As for Panik paying a price for his actions, Alex Ovechkin scored two of his four goals while on the five-minute power play that was given to Washington following the hit. The pair of tallies drastically changed the complexion of the game, and the Capitals would eventually win 6-5.
Panik’s hearing is set for Wednesday, December 11.