Troy Brouwer fights Erik Gudbranson after cheap shot
An NHL spokesman confirmed Saturday that Florida Panthers defenseman Erik Gudbranson will not receive supplementary discipline for his shoulder to the head of Capitals left wing Eric Fehr in the second period of Friday night’s 3-2 shootout loss.
In a statement from the NHL to CSNWashington.com the "Dept. of Player Safety did not feel the hit rose to the level of Supplemental Discipline."
Fehr skated with the Caps on Saturday and said he's OK after taking the hit from Gudbranson but declined to comment on the fact he escaped further discipline.
Troy Brouwer, who stepped in to fight Gudbranson immediately after the hit, said he made his decision on the ice because he thought the hit warranted it.
"I thought it was a bad hit, it was obviously bad enough to deserve a match penalty," Brouwer said. "The league is going to make their decisions and we have to abide by it."
Gudbranson received a match penalty and game misconduct for the hit, which carries an automatic review by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
Fehr, who returned to play the third period against the Panthers and scored in the shootout, improving to 4-for-4, was back on the ice for practice on Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin, Mikhail Grabovski and Marty Erat all took the day off for “maintenance days.”
What are your thoughts on the NHL’s decision not to fine or suspend Gudbranson?