The Washington Times - October 9, 2011, 04:41PM

Alexander Semin will not face a disciplinary hearing from the NHL after his hit on Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen at the end of regulation Saturday night, a league spokesman told The Washington Times.

With the clock at zeroes and the score tied 3-3, the Capitals forward hit Allen from behind a few feet away from the boards. Hurricanes captain Eric Staal took exception to the hit and a brief scrum ensued.


Semin was given a two-minute minor for boarding but not a five-minute match penalty. And now it is official that he will not be suspended. A Caps spokesman said earlier Sunday that the team was not informed of any hearing taking place.

Brendan Shanahan’s new level of transparency with suspensions, including video explanations, has been hailed around the league.

“I like the videos,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I like the fact that he’s explaining everything.”

The revamped Rule 41 on boarding, which was the source of several suspensions from preseason play, is highlighted in this year’s rule book. But one Caps player said quietly that rules are never quite clear.

What’s clear now is that Semin will not miss a game or more because of his hit on Allen.

Here’s video of the hit: