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Report: Phone hearing for Burrows, who says hit on Emelin wasn’t late

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VANCOUVER, BC - OCTOBER 18: Alexandre Burrows #14 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during their NHL game against theTampa Bay Lightning at Rogers Arena October 18, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

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The NHL will hold a telephone hearing with Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows for his hit on Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reports. As you can see, Kypreos believes supplemental discipline is imminent:

Burrows delivered that check during the Canucks’ overtime win against the Canadiens on Thursday. He believes that it wasn’t a late hit, according to the Montreal Gazette’s Dave Stubbs:

Habs coach Michel Therrien deemed it a dirty hit to the head. Decide for yourself:

That hit didn’t generate a penalty.

Burrows, 33, hasn’t ever been suspended by the NHL despite being one of the league’s most agitating presences. He has, however, been fined on two different occasions. It likely helps Burrows’ cause that Emelin, 28, returned to the game during the third period.

Kypreos reports that a decision will be made today. Vancouver’s next game is against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

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