- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2016

General rule of thumb in the NHL: Don’t hit goaltenders.

Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin didn’t get the memo, and in his most recent game against the New York Rangers, he completely leveled goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. He hit him so hard that Lundqvist’s helmet flew off.

The hit resulted in a major penalty, and Lundqvist briefly left the game.

The following day, the NHL’s Player Safety Department announced that they would conduct a phone hearing to discuss the hit.

Phone hearings result in no more than a five-game suspension.

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