Deryk Engelland may not have received a charging penalty during the game but NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan may be assessing punishment nonetheless.
In the Penguins’ 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night, Engelland delivered a crushing blow to Chicago Blackhawks rookie Marcus Krueger at the 8:55 mark of the first period. While Krueger was entering the Penguins’ zone, Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis wrapped him up at the blue line. Engelland approached Krueger from his right and hit him near the boards. Engelland led with his forearm, knocking Krueger to the ice. Despite the monstrous collision, Krueger bounced right back up as Engelland fought with Krueger’s teammate, John Scott. Engelland was assessed a major penalty for fighting while Scott received a 5:00 major for fighting, a 2:00 fight-instigator minor and a game misconduct.
Krueger played the remainder of the first period but did not return at the start of the second period. He has since been diagnosed with a concussion.
Shanahan or the NHL has not yet set a date for the hearing. It is likely that it will take place before the Penguins play Friday evening in Winnipeg to take on the Jets.
Engelland has no prior history of supplemental discipline in the NHL.