Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk's chin-high elbow on the Kings' Drew Doughty in Sunday's game likely will get the league's attention.
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) March 20, 2017
The late first-period elbow knocked Doughty down and out for the rest of the period. He returned in the second period of a 5-2 Flames winbut afterward offered a not-so-flatteringassessment of the rookie's play.
"He's a pretty dirty player, that kid," Doughty told reporters, via L.A. Kings Insider."To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising. I don't know exactly what happened because I got hit in the head, but I thought he elbowed me. ... Whatever it was, it hurt pretty bad, and it's going to hurt for a bit."
Doughty, on the Tkachuk hit: "He's a pretty dirty player, that kid." His quotes on the play at the end of the first period: pic.twitter.com/D1TIuogKPB
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) March 20, 2017
There was no penalty assessed on the play for theelbow, but Tkachuk and the Kings' Derek Forbort received roughing minors for an ensuing scuffle.
By Sunday night, speculation already had begun that theleague’s Department of Player Safety might be reviewing the incident.
Player Safety will take a long hard look at Matthew Tkachuk's hard bump-back elbow to Drew Doughty. Flames play Tuesday in Washington.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 20, 2017