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Dustin Byfuglein's hit on Rangers' J.T. Miller draws NHL hearing

Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets puts pressure

Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets puts pressure on Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers in the third period on March 31, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Credit: Getty Images

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The NHL's Department of Player Safety will hold a hearing Thursday morning to determine punishment for Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglein for a crosscheck to the neck of Rangers forward J.T. Miller during Tuesday's game in Winnipeg.

Miller had fallen and was defenseless, kneeling in front of the Winnipeg crease, when Byfuglein struck him from behind, driving his face into the ice.

There was no penalty called for the incident.

The hearing is via phone. A suspension cannot exceed five games without an in-person hearing.

After the 3-2 win by the Rangers, Miller declined to discuss the crosscheck which left him with a sore neck and a cut across his nose.

But Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was irate, screaming at the officials initially, and then ripping Byfuglein afterward, calling the check "violent, deliberate; could have broken his neck. One of the most vicious cross-checks I've seen this year."

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