The National Hockey League was going to make one fan base angry regardless of what decision they made on this hit, and it's going to be the Pittsburgh Penguins who are upset this time around.
The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety has determined that no additional disciplined is warranted for Patrick Marleau after the veteran San Jose Sharks forward delivered a hit that appeared to catch Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust in the head.
They listed the three following points through their social media to justify their decision.
Dept of Player Safety determines no Supplemental Discipline is warranted for Patrick Marleau’s hit on Bryan Rust in Game 1 of the SCF.
Main points of contact: shoulders, chest. Rust low, off-balance, reaching.
Marleau does not “pick” the head, elevate or extend. Head contact is with Marleau’s back.
Penguins fans won't be happy about this regardless of how accurate it is, here's a look at the hit again.