MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. -- The NHL is looking into the hit that sent Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook crumbling to the ice Wednesday night.
A spokesperson said Thursday the league is reviewing Anaheim Ducks defenseman James Wisniewski's check on Seabrook early in the second period of Wednesday's night 4-2 Hawks loss. A decision regarding a suspension or fine would have to come before the the Ducks' next game, which is Friday.
Wisniewski was suspended for two games earlier this year after a forearm hit to the head of the Phoenix Coyotes' Shane Doan on Oct. 31.
On Wednesday, Wisniewski, who played with Seabrook on the Hawks and called him a close friend afterward, landed a jarring hit on his former teammate while he didn't have the puck. It came moments after Seabrook, one of the Hawks' hardest hitters, checked Ducks star Corey Perry.
Seabrook appeared to lose consciousness as he fell to the ice. He was able to make it back to the bench, but he didn't return.
Hawks coach Joel Quenneville was irate afterward, calling it "the most dangerous hit in the history of the game."
"There are certain hits in the game that are tolerable if you got the puck," Quenneville said. "But if you hit a guy without the puck, you could kill a guy. It's the most dangerous hit in the history of the game. He tried to hurt him. If that's not intent, that's as bad a hit as you can ever have in the game."
Wisniewski denied his hit on Seabrook had anything to do with the check on Perry and said he hoped he wouldn't get suspended.
"I didn't do anything wrong," he said. "The result of what happened isn't good, but there wasn't anything wrong that I did."
Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle also defended Wisniewski, who fought Duncan Keith immediately following his hit and later Nick Boynton.
"He was probably the first star in our mind, as far as involvement in the game," Carlyle said. "It was probably the best game he's played as a Duck."