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Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Source: Milan Michalek avoids ban

By Katie Strang
ESPNNewYork.com

Ottawa Senators winger Milan Michalek will not face discipline after he appeared to kick New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi with his skate in the Rangers' 3-2 win in Ottawa Monday, a source said.

It was reported earlier that the league would review the incident, which occurred after Ottawa scored a controversial goal in the game's final minute.

League disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan issued a warning to Senators general manager Bryan Murray, but Michalek escaped without either a suspension or a fine.

There has been precedent for discipline on such plays.

Carolina's Jeff Skinner and Anaheim's Bobby Ryan both earned two-game suspensions for similar incidents in the past.

Katie Strang is a hockey writer for ESPNNewYork.com.