PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 13: Pascal Dupuis #9 of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Maxime Talbot #25 of the Pittsburgh Penguins congratulated teammate Zbynek Michalek #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins after Michalek scored a goal in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers on March 13, 2011 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The NHL announced today that Zbynek Michalek will not be fined or suspended by the NHL for his elbow to the head of Washington's Matt Hendricks yesterday, so tweets Post-Gazette veteran beat writer Dave Molinari:
No fine or suspension for Penguins D Zbynek Michalek for hit on Washington's Matt Hendricks Sunday.
Michalek was given a minor penalty on the play.
Washington's Alex Ovechkin also had a discipline phone hearing with the NHL, for his high hit on Michalek, which occurred previous to ZM's hit on Hendricks. Ovechkin was not penalized in the game on the play. A ruling on any possible punishment for Ovechkin is expected soon. The Caps play tomorrow, and Ovechkin didn't skate on a line full-time at practice today, an indication the Caps are expecting/preparing for their superstar winger to be suspended.
Michalek is a recent returnee to the Penguins lineup from a concussion he suffered earlier in the season. Michalek was able to finish the game after all the hits and practiced this morning.