Philip Donald was away with it. The blow he inflicted on Tim Stetzel at the start of the third period on Sunday, which hit the German rookie in the throat, went unnoticed.
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The Canadian striker received no penalty. Not in the series or from the NHL Player Security section.
Also, NHL disciplinary prefect George Parros wondered if he saw the gesture because he did not mention the incident.
According to Rule 62.3 in the NHL Rulebook, a player who diverts an opponent must be fined heavily. This automatically leads to game misconduct.
Suspension for four years
When asked about this Monday morning, DJ Smith said there was a possibility of any controversy in the bud.
“The referees are doing their part. Hockey is a fast paced game, things happen very quickly. Since the start of this season, I have found that the authorities have done an impeccable job. They have given us a lot of penalties, but they deserve it,” the senators coach said.
According to Scoutinfterefs.com, the final suspension for darting was imposed on the Bruins’ Brad Marchand (two games) on April 4, 2017 for gesturing against Lightning’s Jake Datchin.
Since then, the player safety department has been satisfied by giving five penalties.
In addition, Thomas Chabot trained again with his teammates on Monday. Smith did not confirm the return of his defender in training.
“I didn’t have time to talk to the doctors, but he looked great on the ice,” he said.
Chabot missed the last two games with a body injury. His absence left a hole in the Senators Defensive Squad as he used an average of 25 and a half minutes per game.