No hearings scheduled for Boyle on Hickey hit, or Hickey on Drouin hit
Doesn’t look like there’ll be supplemental discipline coming from Tampa Bay’s crazy 5-4 OT win over the Isles at Barclays last night.
Per the Times, both Brian Boyle and Thomas Hickey have avoided hearings for their big hits -- Boyle’s on Hickey, Hickey’s on Jonathan Drouin.
An NHL spokesman has confirmed to PHT that no hearings have been scheduled.
Both hits went unpenalized, but were focal points of Tuesday’s game.
The impact of the Hickey hit forced Drouin from the contest for a lengthy period of time, though Drouin did return to set up Nikita Kucherov’s game-tying goal with under a minute remaining in regulation.
Boyle’s hit on Hickey was followed by Boyle scoring the game-winning OT goal roughly 10 seconds later.
It also led to Isles head coach Jack Capuano venting his frustrations in his postgame presser.
“It’s a direct shot to the head,” Capuano said, per ESPN. “I mean, probably going to get suspended a game. That’s what I mean. The whole game, it shouldn’t come down to that. [Referee] is standing right there. I’ve watched it numerous times now. Those are the types of hits that we’re trying to eliminate from our game.
“It’s just too bad that it had to end that way. It’s frustrating because it’s right there. The play is right there. He’s looking right at it. The league can look at it if they want, but I’ve watched it four or five times, maybe more, and it’s just frustrating it had to end in that particular way with a head shot.”
Capuano didn’t have an update on Hickey following the contest.
Game 4 of this series goes on Friday at Barclays, so there could still be developments forthcoming. The league holds the right to schedule a hearing later (should it be deemed appropriate), and there will likely be an update on Hickey in the coming days.