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No suspension for Stars’ Jamie Benn after hit on Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Arizona Coyotes is checked out by team attendants after being checked into the boards by Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Jamie Benn’s hit that sent Arizona Coyotes captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson to the locker room in Wednesday’s 3-2 loss will not be punished further, according to The Athletic’s Sean Shapiro.

The Dallas Stars forward served a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the hit.

The two players have had history with Benn on the receiving end of a couple open-ice hits from the Coyotes in the past.

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety viewed the play as a “puck chase” apposed to a boarding “where one player was tracking another” causing the league to refrain from supplemental discipline.

Ekman-Larsson returned to the game and finished -1, 20:18 of ice time and three shots. Benn finished with one shot, 6:29 of ice time and 15 PIMs.

Dallas is tied for first-place in the Western Conference with the St. Louis Blues while the Coyotes are tied for a wild card spot with the Calgary Flames, one point ahead of the Winnipeg Jets.


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