New York Rangers star winger Rick Nash will not face any discipline for his hit Thursday on Florida Panthers Tomas Kopecky, multiple sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Nash rocked Kopecky in the slot, hitting him high and from behind, during the third period of the Rangers’ 3-1 loss to Florida. Though Nash was not penalized on the play, many assumed he would face a suspension or, at the very least, a fine.

He did receive a phone call Friday from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, multiple sources confirmed, but the NHL’s Department of Player Safety felt the hit fell below the threshold of supplementary discipline.

It is not immediately clear what absolved Nash from a fine or ban, but it is believed the principal point of contact may have been his saving grace. Nash left his feet to connect on the hit but nailed Kopecky in the back and shoulder first.


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