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Game 4 Drama: Nurse's Controversial Hit on Bennett Sparks Debate


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Sam Jones
June 16, 2024  (10:59)
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Game 4 Drama: Nurse's Controversial Hit on Bennett Sparks Debate
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Early in game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, a contentious moment unfolded when Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse engaged in what appeared to be a knee-on-knee hit with Sam Bennett of the Florida Panthers.

The incident quickly became a flashpoint not only on the ice but across the sports community online.
During an aggressive play, Nurse, known for his physical style, attempted a hit that ended in direct contact between his left knee and Bennett's. The collision, while appearing severe, seemed unintentional, lacking any clear motive to injure. However, the impact was enough to send Bennett painfully crawling off the ice, an act some spectators interpreted as an exaggeration to draw a penalty.
The on-ice officials conferred and assessed a two-minute minor penalty against Nurse, a decision that ignited a fiery debate among fans and pundits alike. Several took to social media to voice their frustrations, deeming the minor penalty insufficient for the perceived severity of the incident.
Despite the controversy, the game resumed its pace, and the Oilers leveraged the situation, showcasing their resilience. Shortly after the penalty, Mattias Janmark seized the opportunity to score a crucial shorthanded goal, shifting the momentum in favor of the Oilers. This pivotal moment highlighted not just the skill but the strategic acumen of the Oilers, proving their ability to capitalize under pressure.
The incident has stirred a significant discussion about the enforcement of rules and player safety, reflecting the complex dynamics and the emotional highs and lows of playoff hockey. As the series progresses, the implications of these decisions and their impact on team morale and fan engagement are sure to be scrutinized.
Source: Sportsnet
After review, Darnell Nurse receives a 2-minute minor for tripping Sam Bennett.
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Game 4 Drama: Nurse's Controversial Hit on Bennett Sparks Debate

Do you think the referees were right to call this a two minute penalty?

Yes, it only deserved 210484.6 %
No, it was at least a major penalty75.7 %
Nurse should be suspended32.4 %
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