ShareThis Page
Penguins

Kings' Dustin Brown fined for hit on Penguins' Justin Schultz but not suspended

Jonathan Bombulie
| Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, 4:00 p.m.

Not only was Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown not suspended Friday for a dangerous hit on Justin Schultz, Evgeni Malkin's wallet took a hit, too.

The league's department of player safety announced Brown was fined $10,000 for cross-checking for a hit from behind on Schultz in the third period of Thursday night's game between the Penguins and Kings. Malkin was fined $5,000 for spearing after delivering a low blow to Brown with his stick in the first period.

Both fines were the maximum allowed by the CBA for the infraction in question.

Schultz was on his knees when Brown delivered a hit from behind, sending the Penguins defenseman's face into the boards.

He left the game and did not return but apparently avoided serious injury. Schultz took part in an optional Penguins practice Friday in advance of Saturday night's game in San Jose. Coach Mike Sullivan said his status will be a game-time decision.

"I was pretty nervous at first," Schultz said. "Luckily all the tests went well. Good day on the ice today. I'll be ready to go tomorrow."

Schultz declined to offer his opinion on the lack of a suspension.

"The league deals with that," Schultz said. "I'm not going to comment on it and start anything. It is what it is. I'm not hurt, so it's all right. Hopefully I'll be back next game."

Brown was given a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct. Patric Hornqvist scored on the ensuing power play, and the Penguins won the game 3-1.

Brown is known to play a hard-hitting, physical style. He has been suspended once in his career, receiving a two-game punishment for an elbow to the head of Minnesota's Jason Pominville in 2013.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jbombulie@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me