Report: NHL won’t discipline Jaime Benn for hit on Carlson

John Carlson

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will not discipline Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn for hitting Capitals defenseman John Carlson into the boards in their game Sunday, The Washington Post’s Samantha Pell reported. Carlson immediately went to the locker room after the play and didn’t return, nor was he present at Washington’s optional skate Monday morning.

Benn was not penalized for the hit, which sparked a scrum between the two teams with 20 seconds remaining in the third period. After the game, head coach Peter Laviolette described the play as “dirty” and said the NHL would “have to” review the hit — “that’s one of our best players.”

According to Pell, the NHL’s DoPS didn’t see a “targeted” hit into the boards, which was the biggest reason why Benn wasn’t fined or suspended. The 32-year-old leads the Stars with 72 penalty minutes this season, already a career-high.

The Stars held on late to beat the Capitals 3-2, snapping their eight-game point streak. Carlson will have another day to rest up before Washington hosts the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.