Washington Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette had called on the NHL Department of Player Safety to review Jamie Benn’s “dirty” late hit that sent John Carlson hard into the boards in the Capitals’ Monday loss to the Dallas Stars. However, it looks like there will not be any suspension or fine for Benn.
Carlson had been hustling on the backcheck to prevent an empty-net goal for Benn, who then went behind Carlson and gave him a cross-check to the hips. No. 74 then lost an edge and went hard into the boards, taking a moment to get up.
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Carlson was livid with the officials, who made no call on the play but did dull out matching roughing calls for Benn and Tom Wilson for a scrum that ensued after, and then headed right down the dressing room tunnel.
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Laviolette had no update on Carlson after the game. Washington practices at 12 p.m. ET, so there should be more on his status at that point in time.
“He gave it a lot of help. That’s dirty,” Laviolette said of Benn’s play, adding that the league has to look at the play, “He’s one of our best players.”
Stars head coach Rick Bowness had a different perspective on the hit.
“I mean, that’s two guys going for a loose puck. He gives him a little shot in the hips and he goes down… so I hope [no disciplinary action],” Bowness said.
Through 60 games this season, Carlson has 11 goals and 41 assists. He is sixth in NHL scoring by a defenseman, tied with Kris Letang (52 points).