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Wings’ Kronwall has hearing today for hit on Kucherov

San Jose Sharks v Detroit Red Wings - Game Four

DETROIT - MAY 6: Niklas Kronwall #55 of the Detroit Red Wings looks on while playing the San Jose Sharks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 6, 2011 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall has a hearing scheduled for this afternoon for his hit on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov.

The hit occurred late in the second period of Tampa Bay’s 5-2 win on Monday night.

Despite there being no penalty on the play, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety referred to the hit as “charging/illegal check to the head”.

Here’s a look at the hit:

As Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman points out, just because Kronwall has a hearing doesn’t mean he will be suspended. He could also end up with a fine.

Kronwall, who is known for his big hits, has never been suspended before.

“I thought it was a clean hit at the time,” Kronwall said per The Canadian Press.

Kucherov was not injured on the play and returned to the game.

“He made a hit. I’m not going to cry now,” Kucherov said postgame. “It’s a part of the game. That’s why we play here.”

Tampa coach Jon Cooper said he didn’t see the hit.

“The refs didn’t call a penalty so it must’ve been OK,” Cooper said.

Game 7 of the series goes Wednesday night at Amalie Arena.

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