Last night Jarret Stoll of the Los Angeles Kings ran Cam Fowler from behind, holding Fowler's jersey and driving his face into the edge of the dasher with his elbow. No penalty was called and Fowler did not return to the game. Originally the TV broadcast reported it as a "lower body injury" but it was later corrected to an "upper body injury."
After the game, Coach Bruce Boudreau called for the NHL to review the hit though he didn't blame the referees for missing the call and Sean Leahy of Puck Daddy questioned whether it was suspendable. Apparently it's not.
Per Lisa Dillman of the LA Times, Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Vice President of Sweet Justice, will not review the play for supplementary discipline.
No news is news. Just checked this morn in w/NHL re Jarret Stoll/Fowler. Am told there no hearing called for anything from yesterday's game.— lisa dillman (@reallisa) February 3, 2013
Obviously I'm biased, but in my opinion, there is plenty of visual evidence to suspend Stoll for at least a game or two. The hit was from behind, to the head and with the elbow, that's three infractions that will go entirely unpunished. I'm against suspending to the injury, especially since we have no idea to what extent Fowler is injured, but the NHL has no problem with it so there's another strike against Stoll that the league has seemingly ignored.
The worst part is of course the injury to Fowler. As Jen said in the game recap, he's becoming the defenseman we expected him to be when we drafted him. This is the second time an injury has come at an inopportune time for Fowler. In his rookie season he was in the midst of probably his best game of his very short career when he had his nose broken by Shane Doan and missed six games.
The way that his face went into the boards last night, it could have caused a number of different injuries, the most concerning obviously being a concussion. As of this writing, neither the nature nor the severity of Fowler's injury is known. We'll keep you updated on the injury and his status as we ramp up to Monday's game against San Jose.