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NHL won't discipline Bruins' Dennis Seidenberg for hit on Jonathan Toews

The NHL's Department of Player Safety rules on the egregious hit.

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

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."

Bruins' coach Claude Julien felt the hit was OK.

Seidenberg has no prior history with dirty hits.

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