In regard to disciplinary action or the NHL Department of Player Safety, there will be reportedly be nothing further coming out of Brock McGinn’s high hit on Martin Fehervary in the Washington Capitals’ 4-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.
In the second period, Fehervary was passing the puck in the offensive zone when McGinn came through. His shoulder made contact with Fehervary’s head, and the Capitals rookie blueliner fell to the ice. He remained down as he was attended to by the Capitals athletic trainer and then went down the tunnel.
There was no penalty on the play.
He did not return after the team announced that he suffered an “upper-body injury” on the play. Head coach Peter Laviolette didn’t have an update on his status after the game.
“Marty went to move the puck off the stick and the player came through and his head snapped pretty good,” Laviolette said of the play. “I think that is what they are evaluating.”
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McGinn hadn’t seen a replay before addressing the incident on Friday but did not believe it was a “dirty” play.
“He was kind of just trying to chip the puck and go by me. I stayed in my lane and we kind of just made contact,” McGinn explained. “I didn’t think I was dirty at all. That’s it.”
Lars Eller wouldn’t comment much on the play because he didn’t really see it, but he does believe it was a high hit to the head.
“When he goes down like that, I think there’s some contact to the head, I’m pretty sure,” Eller said. “Was it the principle point? I don’t know. I will leave it up to other people to judge that.”
Fehervary has been among the Capitals’ best defensemen this season. The 22-year-old leads Washington in blocks (42) and ranks third in hits (72). He has two goals and five points in 27 games so far in his freshman campaign while averaging 18:49 minutes per game.
The Capitals face the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday and did not hold a morning skate. If he is not ready to play, Dennis Cholowski will likely draw in.