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Klesla faces discipline for Game 4 boarding

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Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Rostislav Klesla has a disciplinary hearing on Sunday after boarding Nashville Predators winger Matt Halischuk during the first period of Game 4 of their playoff series on Friday.

The NHL announced the hearing on Saturday, according to ESPN.com.

Klesla pushed Halischuk hard from behind and into the boards in front of the Coyotes' bench. Halischuk left the game and went to the team's dressing room for a short time.

"I looked at it and it was a really dangerous hit in my eyes," Predators coach Barry Trotz said on a conference call Saturday. "How the referees or the league will view it, I can't really speak on that, but from my eyes and knowing from playing defense, drilling him when you do that whiplash effect of pulling the shirt and then driving him, it was really fortunate that Halischuk did sort of spin at the last moment."

Klesla got a two-minute minor boarding penalty on the play.

The Coyotes went on to defeat the Predators 1-0 and lead the series 3-1.
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