Dustin Byfuglien won't receive supplementary discipline for Gallagher hit (Video)

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Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will not face supplemental discipline for a check delivered on Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher in a Sunday game between the two teams. 

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety released a video explaining that it had largely accepted Byfuglien’s explanation of the incident following a Tuesday morning hearing.

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According to the video, Byfuglien said he turned and made contact with Gallagher in order to pursue an offensive chance up ice and was largely focused on the puck, while also bracing himself for contact. 

Though the Department of Player Safety notes there was some head contact on the play, the Gallagher’s head was not a main point of contact.

The video explains that Byfuglien kept his “elbow tucked and his skates on the ice through contact.” 

There are also references to the size differential between the 6-foot-5, 260-pound Byfuglien and the 5-foot-9, 184-pound Gallagher as an important factor in evaluating the hit.

Though Byfuglien is a repeat offender for supplemental discipline, that only comes into play once the Department of Player Safety decides the play is suspension or fine-worthy. Byfuglien’s cross check of New York Rangers forward J.T. Miller last season wasn’t referenced in determining discipline on the play since DoPS determined the play didn't merit anything extra.

According to Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press, Byfuglien didn't seem to think he would escape discipline. He spoke with Byfuglien before the decision. 

"I have not heard anything yet," Byfuglien said. "The case they’re looking at right now, I played the puck and I have no intention to try to hit him. I’m trying to go up ice on a delayed call and I get the sh*t end of it."

Added Byfuglien:

"The game was going and I didn’t even know what was really going on. Hockey’s a fast game. Things move fast. Things happen."

Byfuglien has two goals, four assists and 18 penalty minutes in 12 games in 2015-16. He's coming off a year where he had 45 points (and 124 penalty minutes) in 69 games played. Byfuglien was given a two-minute minor for elbowing on the play, which happened late in the first period of Montreal's 5-1 win. Gallagher stayed in the game. 

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