TORONTO — That didn’t take long.
The NHL announced early Friday morning that Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov will have a hearing for his elbow/illegal check to the head of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh late in the first period of the Blueshirts’ 4-2 win in Toronto on Thursday night.
Komarov’s hearing will be a phone hearing, the Daily News has learned, which means he can be suspended a maximum of five games under the collective bargaining agreement. The league announced the news of the hearing on Twitter.
The Rangers fear Ryan McDonagh may have suffered his second concussion in 13 days.
The department of player safety would have scheduled an in-person hearing if they had intended to suspend him for more than five games.
McDonagh left the game at first intermission and did not return. The Rangers provided no update on his condition but there is obvious concern that he may have suffered his second concussion in 13 days.
Toronto Maple Leafs center Leo Komarov (47) hits Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) during the first period Thursday night.
Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds concussed McDonagh on Feb. 6 with a sucker-punch to the head that sidelined him for four games.
McDonagh was playing in just his second game back from that injury when Komarov took his predatory run from the neutral zone into the defensive zone and lifted his elbow and raised to connect with McDonagh’s head.
Watching live, it was clear as day to see Komarov skating from several strides away to make the hit.
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