Penalties costly for Capitals in Game 6
An NHL source confirmed on Monday that there will be no disciplinary action taken against Rangers forward Derek Dorsett or Capitals defenseman Mike Green following their altercation late in the third period of Game 6 Sunday at MadisonSquareGarden.
Following the game, which was won by the Rangers 1-0 to force a Game 7 tonight at VerizonCenter, several Capitals accused Dorsett of slew-footing Green as the two approached the boards with 6:14 remaining in the game.
Capitals coach Adam Oates called it a “very, very dangerous” play and Caps goaltender Braden Holtby said he thought the NHL should review the incident.
According to a source, NHL Director of Player Safety Brendan Shanahan reviewed replays of the hit and decided no disciplinary action was warranted against Dorsett or Green, who cross-checked Dorsett in the face after their collision and received a two-minute penalty.
Replays show that while Dorsett might have been in a position to slew-foot Green, he did not actually carry through with it because Green leaned into him, sending him to the ice.
Shanahan also reviewed Green’s retaliatory cross-check on Dorsett and deemed it less forceful and less dangerous than the cross-check Nicklas Backstrom committed at the end of Game 3 against Boston Bruins forward Rich Peverley last year, which drew a match penalty and one-game suspension.