Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin will not face supplementary discipline for his hit on St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka, the NHL confirmed on Friday.
Here’s the hit, which happened late in the Kings’ 4-1 victory on Thursday night.
It looked like Muzzin came in high and led with his shoulder and elbow.
He also clearly left his feet on the hit.
Referee Brad Watson gave him two minutes for roughing on the play. The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko, who jumped Muzzin from behind after watching the hit, was also sent off on a roughing minor.
When the penalties expired, Sobotka and Muzzin went at it, each picking up two-minutes, with Muzzin tacking on an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty.
To make things worse (apparently not, actually, as Muzzin wasn’t reprimanded for this move either), the Kings’ blueline appeared to spit at the crowd on his way out.
Sobotka was lucky to avoid injury. Muzzin was even luckier to avoid suspension — one he clearly deserved.