Dec 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik (71) skates with the puck as Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (84) chases in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-5 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning RW Richard Panik to Have Hearing Wednesday

According to, Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik will have a hearing today with the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety today for a hit on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.

The play went down a little something like this.

At 16:31 in the second period, Panik hit Alzner from behind. Alzner was already slightly off keel to begin with, but continued to play the puck. Once he was hit by Panik, he fell forward and ended up slamming into the boards.

Alzner remained on the ice for a few moments, but was able to return to the game in the third period. As a result, Panik was handed a 5 minute major for Boarding. This opened the door for Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin to score 2 goals on the Power Play.

According to, the only grounds being considered for supplemental discipline are boarding; however, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.

As soon as we know more about the situation, and/or the outcome of Panik’s hearing, we will make sure you are the first to know.

While we wait, here is a look at the hit that started it all.


What do you think of the hit? Was it a legal hit combined with a skating misstep, or do you think Panik deserves to be looked into by the NHL Department of Players Safety? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.


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