Stuart could face punishment for Nash hit

Stuart makes quick return to 'sin bin' with big hit on Nash

Stuart could face punishment for Nash hit
October 9, 2013, 8:30 am
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At 2:32 of the first period Tuesday Brad Stuart was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing Rick Nash. (AP) 

Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart will have a hearing with league's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, and could face supplemental discipline for his hit of New York’s Rick Nash on Tuesday night.

At 2:32 of the first period, Stuart, who was making his season debut, was assessed a minor penalty for elbowing Nash. The Rangers’ winger stayed in the game through the remainder of the first period, but did not return for the start of the second.

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“It was a head shot,” Nash told the New York Daily News. “Any time there’s a head shot you’re concerned when you feel the way it feels. It’s not a good feeling.”

Asked about the hit after the game, a 9-2 Sharks win, head coach Todd McLellan said: “Obviously Rick didn’t return for, I think, the third period. I haven’t had a chance to look at it again. With the coaches and management, nobody has told me that it was anything other than a normal hit.”

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The NHL will determine on Wednesday if the hit was an illegal check to the head, and if Stuart deserves any further punishment. The hearing is by phone, per ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.