No suspension for Cole

Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said he was informed that Carolina’s Erik Cole would not face any discipline for his hit on Drew Doughty last night…

LOMBARDI: “They viewed it as incidental contact, that these were two guys turning up ice and that he [Cole] wasn’t necessarily trying to finish his check, he was just more braced for it. This wasn’t a guy, in their interpretation, finishing a check. It was two guys turning back up ice when the puck was turned over. If they apply that standard, it’s not a suspension. In fairness, if you think about the Calgary game, with Westgarth, it’s very similar. They view this as the same type of situation, and if that’s the way they see if then, quite frankly, they’re right.”

The Westgarth hit referenced by Lombardi took place during the second game of the season, when Calgary’s Rene Bourque was knocked out of the game after a collision with Westgarth, who was not disciplined by the league.

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