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Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Shane Doan faces hearing on hit

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DALLAS -- Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes has a hearing with the NHL Wednesday afternoon following his hit on Dallas forward Jamie Benn during the Stars' 4-3 shootout win Tuesday night, the league said.

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said Doan should be suspended for the hit, which he saw as "deliberate."

"I think it is a suspendable offense. He targeted the head with his elbow," Gulutzan said. "The league will look at it for sure and decide. But it's deliberate."

Doan appeared to hit Benn in the head with an elbow at 5:54 of the second period, prompting a scrum that saw a total of 64 penalty minutes handed out.

Doan, who picked up a fighting major along with Stars captain Brenden Morrow, was given an elbowing minor for the hit on Benn.

Benn went down to the ice following the hit, then skated off under his own power and later returned to the game. He was shaken up on another hit in overtime, but returned to take part in the shootout.

The incident came 28 seconds after the Stars took a 2-1 lead on Michael Ryder's power-play goal.

It was not immediately clear if Doan's meeting with the NHL department of player safety would be conducted in person or over the phone.

The win kept the Stars, who snapped a two-game losing streak, in first place in the Pacific Division and third in the Western Conference. The Stars are one point ahead of both Los Angeles and Phoenix in the division and they are now three points ahead of San Jose with nine games remaining.

After the game, Phoenix coach Dave Tippett said he hadn't looked at footage of the hit yet, but was concerned about losing Doan to a possible suspension.

"We're lacking a few bodies right now," Tippett said. "That would be one we couldn't miss but we'll see how that turns out."

The Stars also lost defenseman Mark Fistric to a pulled muscle in the second period. He did not return.

Mark Stepneski of ESPNDallas.com and ESPN.com NHL writer Pierre LeBrun contributed to this story.