Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards is not scheduled for a disciplinary hearing with the NHL after he received a double-minor Sunday night for a spearing penalty against Logan Couture of the San Jose Sharks.
According to Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk, an NHL spokesman confirmed that there is no hearing scheduled.
Richards delivered the blow to Couture late in the third period of Sunday night’s 7-2 Sharks win:
There have already been disciplinary measures handed down for spearing incidents in the early stages of the playoffs this year. Milan Lucic of the Bruins was fined $5,000 for a spear on Danny DeKeyser of the Red Wings in Game 1 of their series and Corey Perry of Anaheim was issued a warning after spearing Jamie Benn of Dallas in Game 2 of their first-round series on Friday.
Couture called out Richards after the game for the play.
“You could tell they were frustrated and they were running around and I guess being cheap,” Couture told NHL.com. “Just stick to our plan and take the power plays and move on.”
The Sharks outscored the Kings 15-5 while winning the first two games at the SAP Center, including closing Sunday’s game with seven unanswered goals after Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead.
The series shifts to L.A. Tuesday night for Game 3, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Staples Center.