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No hearing set for Stralman for Little hit



It doesn't appear that Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman will receive any supplemental discipline from the league for his hit on Winnipeg's Bryan Little Thursday night.

There is no hearing scheduled with NHL Department of Player Safety, which reviewed the hit like it does for all plays like that.

The Jets were ticked off about it, with coach Paul Maurice eventually ejected. Little was carrying the puck towards the Lightning blueline in the second period when he stumbled, lost the puck and dropped his head. Stralman came up and met him in a collision, his shoulder hitting Little high. Little remained on the ice for a little while before leaving, getting x-rays on his neck postgame, Maurice said.

Stralman wasn't penalized, but Blake Wheeler started a fight with him shortly thereafter.

"I don't play the game to try to hurt anybody," Stralman said. "He lost his balance, and I was in his way. Not much I can do to really pull out of that one."

The Jets saw it differently.

"As a d-man, you know (Little is) in a vulnerable spot," Jets wings Andrew Ladd said. "Do you need to take his head off? I don't think so. … Hopefully the league takes a look at it and takes care of it."

Said Jets wing Blake Wheeler: "That (ticks) you off."


[Last modified: Friday, February 19, 2016 12:07pm]


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