Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for a hit on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Kevin Gravel.

On the play, Shattenkirk clearly left his feet, delivering a shoulder hit right into Gravel’s jaw.

Shattenkirk was given a minor for charging on the play by referee Frederick L’Ecuyer.  It was the defenseman’s third penalty of the game, a frustrating 4-2 Caps loss.



Here’s the rule:

42.1 Charging – A minor or major penalty shall be imposed on a player who skates or jumps into, or charges an opponent in any manner.

Charging shall mean the actions of a player who, as a result of distance traveled, shall violently check an opponent in any manner. A “charge” may be the result of a check into the boards, into the goal frame or in open ice. A minor, major or a major and a game mi

The newly-acquired blueliner has not been suspended previously in the NHL.

Shattenkirk has four assists and 10 penalty minutes in six games with the Capitals. He also has the Caps’ first disciplinary hearing of the season, and, quite likely, their first suspension.

A decision will need to be rendered quickly.  The Caps play tonight in Anaheim.