real dirty hit from stoll on letang pic.twitter.com/mcWttguGal— Rich Miller (@atrichmiller) December 27, 2015
Last night, at the 03:19 mark of he third period, Minnesota Wild forward Jarret Stoll hit Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kris Letang in the head his shoulder. For his efforts, Stoll was given a two-minute minor penalty for illegal check To head.
First, Stoll got lucky, he could've been assessed a five-minute major, but for whatever reason, he wasn't. Checking social media Pens fans weren't very happy with the call. Do they have a point for their unhappiness?
Further complicating things, today, the league decided that Stoll wouldn't be having a hearing for his illegal check to Letang's head. Finally, Letang didn't play in the Pens game tonight against the Winnipeg Jets. This made Pens fans, even more, unhappy.
My question is: was this hit worthy of supplemental discipline? Did the NHL's Department of Player Safety blow it? Personally, I don't think that every illegal check to head deserves a suspension. In this case, it looks like Stoll went for a shoulder-to-should hit and missed. It's not a malicious hit, dirty, sure.
Kris Letang is out tonight vs WPG, per #Pens Coach Sullivan. Wasn't feeling great this morning. Precautionary hold out.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) December 27, 2015
#mnwild's Jarret Stoll isn't expected to face hearing for hit on #penguins D Kris Letang. Looks like hit thru the shoulder, no extension— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) December 27, 2015