Legwand won’t receive any supplemental discipline for ‘butt-ending’ incident on Malkin

DETROIT >> The Wings snapped their string of losing players Thursday night.

After losing six players in six consecutive nights due to injury, the team learned Friday morning that David Legwand won’t receive any supplemental discipline after his butt-ending major he received in Thursday’s 5-4 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Legwand received a five-minute major and a game misconduct for butt-ending Evgeni Malkin late in the third period on Thursday.

“He took the penalty,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said Thursday. “The referee made the call. When it happened, to be honest with you, I thought because they had been all over him, I thought that it was weak. But when I watched it on video, he just made the call.”

Legwand drew the penalty after Malkin raked his stick over the back of Legwand’s head to the left of Jimmy Howard.

After losing Jonathan Ericsson to a broken finger on Tuesday, the Wings have lost a player to injury in six consecutive games.

Ericsson will miss four-to-six weeks after having surgery to stabilize his fractured finger and repair a partially torn tendon.

Jonas Gustavsson (groin) began the long list of injuries after leading the team to a win over the New Jersey Devils on March. 4. That was followed by Joakim Andersson (broken foot, March 9 against the New York Rangers), Tomas Jurco (broken rib, March 11 against Columbus), Todd Bertuzzi (lower-body injury, March 14 against Edmonton) and Justin Abdelkader (leg laceration, Sunday against Chicago.

The team is also without Pavel Datsyuk (knee), Henrik Zetterberg (back), Stephen Weiss (sports hernia), Mikael Samuelsson (shoulder) and Daniel Cleary (knee).

Bertuzzi missed just one game and Gustavsson returned to his backup role Thursday.


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