Boston Bruins' defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will not face additional discipline from the NHL's Department of Player Safety for his hit from behind on Chicago Blackhawks' captain Jonathan Toews in the second period of Thursday's game at TD Garden.
Toews' head slammed into the boards, and his body crumpled to the ice. Seidenberg received a minor boarding penalty, which put the Blackhawks on a 5-on-3 power play.
Toews was slow to get up from the hit but stayed on the ice for the 5-on-3. Not long after being assessed a hooking penalty himself, however, Toews left the game and did not return. Blackhawks' assistant coach Mike Kitchen said on the team's TV broadcast during the intermission that keeping Toews out of the third period was a precautionary move.
Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said after the game it appeared Toews was going to be "all right."
#Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on captain Jonathan Toews: "He seemed all right. It looks like he's going to be all right."— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 12, 2014
Bruins' coach Claude Julien felt the hit was OK.
Bruins coach Julien on Seidenberg's hit on Toews: "We need to start educating our players to protect themselves better." #Blackhawks— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 12, 2014
Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg on hit on #Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews: "I would never want to hurt a guy. That’s the last thing on my mind."— Chris Kuc (@ChrisKuc) December 12, 2014
Seidenberg has no prior history with dirty hits.