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There will be no hearing for John Carlson, despite his head shot on Matt Cooke yesterday.
From the Washington Times:
Look at the replay, especially in slow motion, and it's clear John Carlson caught Matt Cooke's head with his arm. It was late in the Capitals' 2-1 loss to the Penguins, and many thought it could lead to a suspension or maybe just a fine.
But Carlson will not even have a hearing with NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan, league spokesman John Dellapina confirmed in an email to The Washington Times.
It appeared that Cooke's head was the principle point of contact, something that has led to hearings and supplemental discipline this season. But Cooke was not injured on the play, and it did not look like a malicious play by Carlson.
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