Malkin avoids suspension for Oshie hit

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Oshie scores game-winner after getting bricked by Malkin head shot

Evgeni Malkin was ejected from Wednesday night's Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals game for a controversial hit on TJ Oshie.

The NHL decided Thursday to not suspend or fine Malkin for his shoulder-to-head hit on the Capitals' T.J.

An offensive-zone tripping penalty by Washington's Jakub Vrana midway through the first opened the door for the Penguins' power play. Malkin received a 5-minute major for his illegal check and game misconduct and was ejected. Pittsburgh has lost five in a row and has just one point during that stretch.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he wasn't concerned that Malkin might be punished further by the league, and that turned out to be the case.

Two people with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that Malkin would not face a hearing with the National Hockey League department of player safety and therefore won't be suspended.

Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby stopped 41 of 42 shots for his first victory since October 22.

Pushing and shoving after the whistle was a regularity, and it escalated early in the third period when Malkin lifted his shoulder into Oshie's head after giving up the puck.

"It doesn't matter what I think", Sullivan said. It was actually the second time on the night that Oshie missed some time after absorbing a blow to the head and flailing on the ice in pain - he took a high-stick in the first period and only played a couple of minutes in the frame before returning for the second. He returned for the second. I'd say about 20 minutes later everything settles down a little bit.

Oshie had the tie-breaking goal in the third period for the Caps. "I don't care what happens to him". He's the first player in franchise history to reach that milestone.

Capitals: Continue their home stand Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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