The Ducks said Monday that rookie defenseman Cam Fowler has a broken nose as the result of being hit face-first into the end boards (see video above) Sunday by Phoenix forward Shane Doan, but Fowler is expected to accompany the team on its upcoming four-game trip and is probable for Wednesday's game at Columbus.
Doan was not penalized for that hit, which occurred during the second period of the Ducks' 3-2 victory at the Honda Center. However, Doan reportedly has been suspended three games for a blind-side, neutral-zone hit on Ducks forward Dan Sexton in the third period of Sunday's game after Sexton had released a pass (see video below). The hit was a split-second late, and Sexton landed hard but returned to play a regular shift.
Fowler, 18, scored his first NHL goal early in the second period Sunday and was on the rush when
Doan -- the third defender he tried to dodge -- took him into the boards. Fowler, who wears a visor, was dazed for several seconds and was bleeding. He did not return to the game. No penalty was called.
The Doan hit on Sexton wasn't penalized by referees Brad Watson and Gord Dwyer, but the league has the right to review plays and impose supplementary discipline. This one falls under the new Rule 48-Illegal Check to the Head, as part of the league's crackdown on blows to the head. Rule 48.1 states: "A lateral or blind-side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted."
Also, the Ducks have waived defenseman Brendan Mikkelson. If he clears waivers by 9 a.m. PDT Tuesday, he can be assigned to their American Hockey League farm team in Syracuse, N.Y.
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-- Helene Elliott