Kings forward Dustin Brown is facing supplemental discipline for his illegal hit on Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz.
Brown will have a hearing Friday with NHL Player Safety, the department announced on Twitter. Hearings typically result in a fine or a suspension. Brown has a history of suspension, having been suspended two games in 2013 for an illegal elbow to the head of Jason Pominville.
Brown was given a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for his third-period hit on Schultz on Thursday. Schultz was on his knees when Brown cross-checked him into the boards. Brown said afterward that he thought Schultz was stumbling on his way down when he hit him and didn’t think it warranted anything more than a two-minute minor penalty.
“I’m going to close on him,” Brown said. “He stumbles, toe picks. I don’t drive through the wall or anything but I also close in on the play. At most it’s probably a two[-minute penalty]. I hope he’s OK.”
Schultz, who lay prone for a bit before getting up, was shocked by the play.
“I can’t believe he hit me like that,” Schultz told reporters. “I’m on my knees. You saw it. Unreal.”