Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes faced a disciplinary hearing by the NHL this morning for his hit last night of Dan Sexton of the Anaheim Ducks, the second of two crushing hits by Doan, with the other coming against Cam Fowler. Per Bob McKenzie of TSN:
Just to clarify, Doan had two hits. One on Fowler was fine by NHL, the one on Sexton not so much. Hearing is for Sexton hit.
Arthur from Anaheim Calling has the details of both Doan hits:
Fowler had finished a coast to coast rush and was skating behind the net after shooting the puck when Doan caught him off balance and drilled him into the boards as the rookie's head was at hip level. Fowler was conscious but remained down after the hit, and according to Coach Randy Carlyle sustained a cut to his nose.
Later in the game, Doan put a blindside hit on Dan Sexton in the neutral zone three beats after the winger had released the puck. The Coyotes' captain's shoulder jarred Sexton's head on the hit in what looked like a textbook example of the NHL's new rule against blindside checks.
The Ducks won last night's game against the Coyotes, 3-2 at Honda Center, in the final game of a three-game homestand.
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