No hearing scheduled for Hanzal after Johnson hit

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Arizona forward Martin Hanzal doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled following his hit on Colorado’s Erik Johnson Tuesday night, a NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Hanzal caught Johnson with a high hit while the Avs blueliner was reaching for a puck early in overtime:

Johnson left immediately and didn’t return, and here was no penalty on the play. Following the game, Avs head coach Patrick Roy said Johnson was “doing well” but, shortly thereafter, the Denver Post’s Mike Chambers followed up with this:

Hanzal appears to have avoided punishment despite his reputation as a repeat offender. Last season, he was fined for a high stick on then-Canucks forward David Booth; Hanzal was also suspended two games for charging Oilers d-man Jeff Petry.

Though disciplinary matters are often quickly attended to, the league reserves the right to schedule a hearing with Hanzal later if it so chooses. Arizona doesn’t play again until Saturday night.