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Monday, December 5, 2011
Fistric has Tuesday hearing for hit on Niederreiter

By Mark Stepneski

FARMERS BRANCH -- Stars defenseman Mark Fistric will have a phone hearing with NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan Tuesday at 2 p.m. Central Time. At issue will be Fistric's hit on New York Islanders forward Nino Niederreiter in Saturday's game in Dallas. Niederreiter suffered a concussion on the play, according to the Islanders.

"It's part of the game. It happens," said Fistric. "Well talk it over. I don't exactly know what is going to happen."

Fistric said he has watched the hit again on video.

"He had his head down and it's unfortunate that he was injured. You never want to see that," Fistric said. "It's the game of hockey, it's physical and it's contact. It's up to Shanahan."

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said the issue for the league could be whether Fistric left his feet.

"I thought it was a good face up hit. I think there is going to be an issue there with the league, I'm sure, about the feet," Gulutzan said. "I can sit here and say that they didn't leave the ground, but the replay is going to show that they did. But there was no intent on Fisty's part. He's a hard hitting guy and it was face up. Sometimes with these hits, when they are bracing themselves to make the hit, your momentum is moving upward. That's how you hit whatever sport you're in - you bend your knees and you drive your legs. He got off the ground, so that will be up to the league to decide."

Injury notes: Morrow, Daley on target for Thursday return

Brenden Morrow (back), Trevor Daley (back) and Alex Goligoski (broken thumb) all practiced with the team today at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter in Farmers Branch.

Morrow and Daley are on target to return when Stars play Thursday at San Jose.

"Dales will be a player for us come Thursday, so will [Morrow]," Gulutzan said. "That will be two guys back in our lineup for sure. Goose is very close, too, with his playing cast. We're getting there."