John Moore faces potential discipline

Updated: May 28, 2014, 11:34 AM ET
By Katie Strang | ESPN.com

MONTREAL -- New York Rangers defenseman John Moore will have a hearing Wednesday for his illegal hit to the head of Canadiens forward Dale Weise during the Rangers' 7-4 loss in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals Tuesday night at Bell Centre.

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced the hearing, which will take place at 2:30 p.m. ET, via its Twitter account after the game.

Moore was assessed a match penalty at 10:41 of the third period, when he drilled Weise.

[+] EnlargeJohn Moore
Eric Bolte/USA TODAY SportsRangers defenseman John Moore was assessed a match penalty and will face a league hearing after an illegal hit to the head of Montreal's Dale Weise during Tuesday's playoff game.

Weise was disoriented after the play and had to be supported by P.K. Subban as he appeared to regain his balance.

Weise briefly went to the league-mandated "quiet room" designated to treat potential head injuries. He returned to the game later in the third period.

After the game, several of Weise's teammates spoke about the hit and anticipated that Moore would be in line for the same sort of supplementary discipline their teammate Brandon Prust received when he crushed Rangers forward Derek Stepan with a blindside hit that broke Stepan's jaw in Game 3.

"We didn't like that hit," Habs forward Brendan Gallagher said of Moore's play. "For me, comparing it to the hit that Prusty had, Prusty's was late and that was the right call by the league, but I think this one was late as well and at the same time it had the blind side and Weiser's helmet came off. It was just a dangerous play, and we'll let the league take care of it."

Max Pacioretty echoed his teammate's thoughts, saying, "We weren't happy with it on the bench."

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault didn't try to defend the play when asked about it after the game.

"The league will do what it has to do," Vigneault said. "John is definitely not the type of player to try to hurt someone, but it was a late hit and it was the right call on the ice."

Should Moore be suspended for Game 6, or the remainder of the series, depth defenseman and former Canadien Raphael Diaz will likely draw into the lineup.

Whether the hit will fuel building enmity between the two teams remains to be seen, but emotions boiled over at the end of the game with a heated skirmish that resulted in hat-trick hero Rene Bourque receiving a five-minute major for cross checking and a 10-minute misconduct.

There also was an alleged head-butting incident by Rangers forward Derek Dorsett on Mike Weaver, although Weaver wasn't quite sure of what all went down after the buzzer.

"Dorsett's just running around. That's the type of player he is, a guy that runs around with his head cut off, pretty much trying to stir up something," Weaver said. "It's not needed. He's trying to get something going for the next game."

Those two incidents will also be reviewed by the Department of Player Safety on Wednesday.

Weaver said the chaos at the time left him uncertain of the game's aftermath.

"So many things happened. I don't really know," he said. "I was more concentrating on the puck, where the puck was. I wasn't really worried about what he was doing."

Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Follow Katie on Twitter »  Chat archive »

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.


EDITORS' PICKS

  • Crazy 8
    Derek Jeter sparked an eight-run second for the Yankees with an RBI double.
  • 'Best Thing I've Done'
    When Riley Cooper needed someone to stand up for him, Michael Vick was there.
  • Here We Go!
    Analytics? Check. Video? You bet. Picks? Yup. Our NFL preview has it all.
  • Bad Beat
    Zack Wheeler went seven innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs, yet got the loss.
  • Wawrinka Taking On Bellucci
    Live on ESPN2

MORE NHL HEADLINES