The Washington Times - March 17, 2012, 05:55PM

CHICAGO | Dale Hunter was calm and succinct Friday night when asked about the shot to the head of Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson by Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart.

“It was a high hit and the league will review it,” Hunter said.


The NHL reviewed it Saturday and ruled that Stuart would not be suspended but rather fined $2,500 for what the league called a “late hit.” There was no reference to Stuart’s forearm hitting Johansson’s head, but the timing of the hit was certainly a few seconds after the puck was gone.

The hit occurred at the 8:41 mark of the first period of the Jets’ 3-2 victory at MTS Centre. Johansson, who stayed in the game but missed a few shifts at the start of the second period, did not speak to reporters after the game.

But teammate Brooks Laich was fired up about the play in question.

“Apparently Mark Stuart can hit guys in the head,” Laich said. “He did it to [Troy] Brouwer; he did it to Marcus.”

The $2,500 fine is the maximum allowed under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.