Dmitry Orlov was riding Brett Connolly into the boards and out of the play in the second period Thursday night when Mike Green came sliding in and struck the Tampa Bay Lightning rookie in the head.
Connolly crumpled to the ice, but Green was not given any kind of penalty. It sure looked like the principle point of contact was the head and Connolly was in a vulnerable spot, so the Washington Capitals defenseman is in line for a hearing with the NHL, according to TSN.
“The league has to look at that. It’s right at the head. The head’s targeted. For me, it’s clear,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said. “To me, it could have been a [five-minute penalty]. It’s a head target. It’s clear. We just watched it on video.”
Boucher also lamented the referees not seeing the hit clearly.
Green was not made available for comment following the Caps’ 3-2 overtime victory. A team spokesman said he was getting treatment.
Green was suspended three games for an elbow on Michael Frolik in 2010. While that is beyond the 18 months statute of limitations on being a repeat offender when it comes to salary forfeited during a suspension, NHL VP of player safety Brendan Shanahan has not hesitated to bring up past plays when determining supplemental discipline.
Connolly returned to the bench in the second period and to the ice in the third.
Green missed the final two months of last season with a concussion. This year he has missed time with ankle and groin injuries.