Update, 6:45 p.m.:
As has been the case all series the NHL decides on leniency with a Senators player as despite overwhelming proof of Michalek kicking Giraradi…(via Daily News)…
…the NHL decided to do nothing more than give the Senators all star forward a slap on the wrist…
Milan Michalek won’t have a hearing but did receive a warning from Brendan Shanahan. #Sens
— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) April 24, 2012
…what’s next a stern talking to for maiming someone?
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Senators’ high scoring winger Milan Michalek may be facing a suspension for Game 7 as a result of kicking Dan Girardi twice in the midsection with his skate blade.
Brooks adds that the play was part of the scrum in front of Lundqvist that resulted in the second goal.
For video of the Michalek kick, click the “Read More” tab below.
Here’s video. At the 14 second mark you can see Michalek and Girardi wrestling on the ice then Girardi jump-up with his hands raised looking for a referee to complain about the Michalek kick. Can’t actually see the kick, but this is the best I’ve found…
…doesn’t get much more despicable than a player using their skate as a weapon. Chris Simon was given 30 games for stepping on Jarkko Ruutu’s foot, not sure if Michalek will get that many game but it should be significant.