No punishment likely
Given the time of day — beyond 4:30 p.m. in the East — it’s highly unlikely that Carolina’s Erik Cole will receive any supplemental discipline for his hit on Drew Doughty last night. Looking at the video clip, it seems clear that the hit was late. The question would be whether it falls into any of the other categories that would qualify it for discipline. Apparently, the league has decided it does not. This morning, I asked Terry Murray whether he had gotten a further look at the hit and what he thought of it.
MURRAY: “Going back through the game (video), it’s there. Doughty had moved the puck a considerable time before the hit, that’s for sure. He was four or five feet on his own side of the red line. I don’t have the TV look, that real close look, to see exactly how it all shakes out. It’s unfortunate. It’s a hit that, I guess, happens in a game.”