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Friday, March 22, 2013
Nash to face discipline?

By Katie Strang

Rangers forward Rick Nash isn't known as a dirty player. Nor was he penalized for his hit that clobbered Florida's Tomas Kopecky in the third period of Thursday night's 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

But Nash may be receiving a phone call from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan, regardless.

The star winger crushed Kopecky in the slot with a hit that featured two elements that may draw the ire of the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

For one, he appeared to leave his feet. And secondly, he hit Kopecky pretty high.

Nash escaped a penalty on the play and Kopecky remained in the game -- in fact, no Panther even seemed that interested in retribution -- to seal a Florida victory with an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining.

But that doesn't mean supplementary discipline is out of the picture.

After a devastating loss to the Panthers, the Rangers may be on the verge of suffering another blow if Nash faces suspension.