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No league discipline for Devils-Rangers Game 4 shenanigans

Ryan Callahan, Ilya Kovalchuk

New Jersey Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk (17), of Russia, and New York Rangers’ Ryan Callahan (24) exchange words at the end of the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference final playoff series, Monday, May 21, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Not every day has to be a Brendan Shanahan day in the NHL and today is apparently one of them.

Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports the league won’t be looking into any of the incidents that went down in Game 4 between the Devils and Rangers. Gulitti says an elbow from Marian Gaborik to Marek Zidlicky went unnoticed during and now after the game while Ilya Kovalchuk’s spearing action on Ryan Callahan will also go without league attention.

That also means Mike Rupp’s fly-by chop to the chest/head of Martin Brodeur, a hit Brodeur calls a sucker punch, won’t be coming across Shanahan’s desk as well. All things considered, the Devils seemed to handle that just fine by scoring on the resulting power play and putting the game away in the third period.

Game 5 should be good and spicy tomorrow night at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN).