Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner said he holds no grudges against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Richard Panik for big hit Panik gave him along the boards in the second period of the Caps’ 6-5 shootout win Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety will address the matter today in a hearing with Panik, who told reporters Tuesday night that there was no intent to injure Alzner and that he was happy the Caps’ defenseman was not seriously injured.
“I knew he was there,” Alzner said of Panik. “I fumbled the puck and I went to go poke it in [to the offensive zone]. I’m not in the best position and you kind of hope the guy lets off a little bit, but it’s fast.
“I don’t hold anything against him. I knew he was there. I had to try to get the puck in.”
Panik was assessed a 5-minute major for boarding on the play and the Caps responded with two power-play goals.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.