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Evgeni Malkin ejected for hit to head of T.J. Oshie

Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin was ejected from the Penguins vs. Capitals game in the third period for an illegal check to the head on Washington right wing T.J. Oshie.

(UPDATE: Malkin will not receive any supplemental discipline.)

T.J. Oshie had a tough night on Wednesday.

In the first period he was clipped in the face by a high stick from Pittsburgh Penguins defender Olli Maatta, forcing Oshie to miss the remainder of the period.

Because none of the officials happened to catch it, Maatta was not penalized.

The refs did not miss the hit Oshie took from Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin in the third period, resulting in a five-minute major for an illegal check to the head and a game misconduct.

You can see the play in the video above.

As Malkin carries the puck into the zone on a Penguins’ power play, he sees Oshie closing in on him and catches him with a shoulder to the head.

You can be sure that the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is going to examine that play. Will he get suspended? Should he? Your view of that probably depends on which jersey you’re wearing. If it is a Penguins jersey, you probably see a player bracing for contact with an unfortunate result. If it is a Capitals jersey, you probably see a blatant hit to the head.

Malkin has never been suspended in his NHL career but has been fined once.

Oshie eventually returned to the game and, of course, scored the game winning goal late in the third period.

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Adam Gretz is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.