"Yeah, he definitely got his elbow up, but maybe that's a natural response to when you try to catch someone who's going by you. I'm pretty sure he didn't try to hurt me like that," Nielsen said. "But I didn't see him, either. Andy Hilbert was in between us, so I didn't see he was coming."
Jibes with my original interpretation, where I and most Isles followers fumed about how the NHL could pretend it wasn't a head hit, not to mention sneak attack.