No hearing for Letang after Stalberg slash (Updated)


Pens d-man Kris Letang has avoided supplemental discipline for his high stick on Rangers forward Viktor Stalberg on Tuesday night, per TVA’s Renaud Lavoie.

Update: It’s official, there won’t be a hearing. An NHL spokesman has confirmed as much to PHT.

The incident occurred during the third period, shaking up Stalberg and forcing him to the bench. Letang wasn’t penalized on the play.

Some thought Letang would be called to the Department of Player Safety carpet, given it came down hard on ‘Hawks d-man Duncan Keith for his high stick to Charlie Coyle‘s face in late March. That incident netted Keith a six-game suspension, though it’s worth noting Keith had a history of high-stick fouls that played a factor in his punishment.

Letang’s lone run-in with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety came back in 2011, when he was suspended two games for boarding Winnipeg’s Alexander Burmistrov.