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Erskine avoids fine, suspension for Daley hit

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Three

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: John Erskine #4 of the Washington Capitals looks on against the New York Rangers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Today is Shanaban-free.

Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports that NHL spokesman John Dellapina said Washington D John Erskine won’t be fined or suspended for his hit on Dallas’ Trevor Daley. This news on the heels of the NHL’s ruling that Minnesota’s Nick Johnson won’t be fined or suspended for his alleged headbutt on Jarome Iginla.

You can see the hit at the 30 second mark of this video:

And here’s all the relevant information:

-- Erskine got a two-minute boarding penalty on the play.

-- From the Washington Times: “Daley’s head looks back at Erskine as the hit is coming, so it’s not a blind-side check. Daley’s head is the principle point of contact. Erskine’s intent was to finish a check, but he led with his elbow or forearm. Daley was down for a few seconds but was not injured on the play.”

-- Daley and Erskine were teammates in Dallas from 2003-05.

-- Erskine: “I went to go hit him, I know the guy so I wasn’t going in intending to do a head shot or anything. It was accidental.”

Without speculating too much, Erskine might’ve avoided supplemental discipline because he’s not a repeat offender.