Vancouver Canucks defenceman Tyler Myers will not face supplemental discipline for his hit on Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia. This was first reported by Eric Engels and Francois Gagnon. It is now official.
No supplemental discipline for Tyler Myers for bodycheck on Joel Armia. Video explanation: https://t.co/0Lp4EwxiTr— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 22, 2021
That means Myers, who was given a match penalty with under three minutes remaining in Thursday’s game, will be eligible to play Saturday’s finale between the two teams. Armia was diagnosed with a concussion shortly after the game and his status is uncertain.
Tyler Myers with a garbage blindside hit on Joel Armia, five minute major for the Canucks D. pic.twitter.com/WvzkerwblX— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) January 22, 2021
The department of player safety ruled that the principal point of contact was not the head. Replays during the game where referees confirmed the call showed that the head was the primary point of contact. Subsequent replays showed that was not the case.
Armia had two goals and two assists in the Canadiens win. Ben Chiarot scored a power play goal after the penalty. The teams will finish their series of three games in four nights on Saturday night.
The Canucks were already in injury trouble on defence, so Myers’ availability will be welcome for them. Jalen Chatfield left Thursday’s game, while Alex Edler and Travis Hamonic did not dress on Thursday after being injured Wednesday.
Hamonic was placed on injured reserve following the game on Wednesday.