Colin Campbell says Toronto Maple Leafs Gary Roberts and Darcy Tucker don't need to be punished for hits that left the New York Islanders without two of their best players for the remainder of the playoffs.
During a conference call with the media on Sunday, the NHL's chief disciplinarian said league officials felt neither Leaf intended to injure their opponent and that "additional discipline" was unnecessary.
During the Leafs' 5-2 Game 5 victory, Roberts checked Isles' defenceman Kenny Jonsson from behind. Jonsson suffered a concussion and strained neck, and, according to New York coach Peter Laviolette, will not return to New York's lineup this season.
Roberts was assessed a five-minute penalty for charging.
Laviolette compared Roberts' hit to Kyle McLaren's vicious elbow to the head of Montreal's Richard Zednik in the Bruins-Canadiens series Thursday night. McLaren was suspended for the rest of the first round for his actions.
Campbell said Jonsson, who has a history of concussions, was at least partially responsible because he "turned into the hit."
Later in the game, Tucker landed what looked like a low hip-check on Michael Peca. Tucker's hit left the Islanders captain with a torn ligament in his left knee. No penalty was called on the play.
The heated rivalry between the two players led to speculation that Tucker wanted to knock Peca out of the best-of-seven series.
Earlier in the series Tucker allegedly threatened to "kill" Peca. The Islanders argue that is proof Tucker's actions were premeditated.
Campbell said Tucker's trash talk wasn't considered by the league.
"We don't pay attention to what's been said," Campbell said.
"One camp says Tucker wanted to hurt Peca. Do I think he was trying to hurt him? I can't get into his head."