NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NHL wants to talk to Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov about his elbow check to the head of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh on Thursday night.
The league has announced it will hold a hearing Friday with Komarov about the illegal hit that led to his ejection in the first period. The Rangers won the game in Toronto, 4-2.
The Daily News reported the hearing will be held over the phone, which indicates Komarov faces at most a five-game suspension.
McDonagh was playing in just his second game since missing four straight contests with a concussion suffered Feb. 6 when he was punched in the face by Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.
McDonagh was held out of the remainder of Thursday’s game as a precaution.
The Rangers did not have an update on his condition following the game.
When asked about Komarov’s hit, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault told reporters: “I’m not going to comment on that. I’m just going to leave it to the league. … Obviously it was on everybody’s mind, considering what happened. We all saw the hit. But I hope he’ll be all right.”