Teams view Jason Chimera's hit on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina very differently
When discussing the hit Washington's Jason Chimera put on Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina near the end of the second period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinal at the Verizon Center, opinions differed depending on the team.
The Lightning probably believes the hit deserved a suspension as replays showed Chimera's elbow getting high into the back of Kubina's head as the two hit the end boards and Kubina's head hit the glass. In fact, when asked about the hit, Lightning coach Guy Boucher said, "It would be wise for me not to comment."
But Chimera on Saturday said, "I thought it was a clean hit." And Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau acknowledged his player's elbow was out but said he did not expect any discipline from the league.
Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said he was told by Mick McGeough, the NHL officiating supervisor for the series that the league was satisfied with the on-ice call of roughing "and no further action will be taken." Yzerman said he also was told by the league before the series that there is no need to call the league about specific plays as every controversial matter will be reviewed.