Canadiens vs. Senators: NHL will not administer discipline for Game 3 events

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The NHL has decided not to administer any discipline for the events that occurred in the third period of Game 3 between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens.

The NHL will not administer any supplemental discipline for the fight-filled conclusion to Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators, according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC.

In total, 12 fighting majors, five game misconducts, five roughing, two misconducts and an instigator penalty were called in the final 13 minutes of the contest. This included a line brawl following the Senators' taking a 4-1 lead.

However, the most egregious of offenses occurred when Canadiens' forward Rene Bourque blatantly elbowed Senators' forward Cory Conacher in the head.

If Friedman is accurate, the league has decided to look the other way.

While the scope of potential discipline situations is quite extensive given the circumstances of Game 3, Bourque's elbow seems like a textbook example of a suspendable offense. Why the league and/or Department of Player Safety finds it acceptable to overlook such an infraction is perplexing to say the least.

The Canadiens-Senators series has been a brutal affair since the opening game. Animosity and physicality have been a trademark of the series.

The two teams will resume play in Ottawa on Tuesday night.

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