The league has opted not to pursue supplemental discipline for the Vancouver Canucks’ Dale Weise on a questionable hit on the Kings’ Drew Doughty.
The teams met on Monday night in Los Angeles for their fourth matchup of the season – the Kings had won the previous three. The game was chippy from the start. Dustin Brown and Ryan Kessler dropped the gloves off the opening faceoff.
Two minutes later, Vancouver forward Tom Sestito went after Jordan Nolan, racking up his now-legendary 27 minutes of penalties in just one second of ice time. (Fun Fact: That works out to 97,200 PIM per 60 minutes of play.)
Midway through the second period of a scoreless game, Weise hit Doughty from behind, his leg kicking out Doughty’s skates.
There was no penalty on the play. The referees for the game were Paul Devorksi (#10) and Francois St. Laurent (#38).
Doughty, while shaken up, was not injured on the play.
“I thought he slew-footed me,” Doughty said via LA Kings Insider. “It was pretty unnecessary at that point.”
It looked like a textbook call. From the NHL rulebook:
52.1 Slew-footing – Slew-footing is the act of a player or goalkeeper using his leg or foot to knock or kick an opponent’s feet from under him, or pushes an opponent’s upper body backward with an arm or elbow, and at the same time with a forward motion of his leg, knocks or kicks the opponent’s feet from under him, causing him to fall violently to the ice.
52.2 Match Penalty – Any player who is guilty of slew-footing shall be assessed a match penalty.
52.3 Fines and Suspensions – There are no specified fines or suspensions for slew-footing, however, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion.
Even former referee Kerry Fraser was on board:
All bets are off now gang after the slew foot by Weise on Doughty! The inmates are going to run the prison with the guards on leave!
— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) January 14, 2014
Retired tough guy Kelly Chase agreed:
A great example of non-fighting activists having no clue on the dangers on ice is the fact that none are moaning about the Weise slew foot
— Kelly Chase (@Chasenpucks39) January 15, 2014
Either the refs missed this completely, or they felt that the contact was accidental and let them play. In a game this nasty, though, it’s better to call it tight to keep things from getting out of hand. You can argue that Doughty could’ve been called for interference for a soft pick on Weise, or the same call – possibly matching – on Weise for initiating contact. What doesn’t seem right is to have called nothing on the play.
Weise does have a history with the Department of Player Safety. He was suspended earlier this season for a check to the head of the Edmonton Oilers’ Taylor Hall during the preseason.
Monday night’s game in Los Angeles was a mess. One, though, that Dale Weise will skate out of without a suspension.