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Knee-on-knee contact against Luostarinen gets Oilers' Foegele ejected


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Sam Jones
June 11, 2024  (10:51)
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Crude knee-on-knee contact against Luostarinen gets Oilers' Foegele ejected
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In a pivotal moment during last night's game, Edmonton Oilers forward Warren Foegele faced a five-minute major penalty and an ejection after an alarming knee-on-knee collision with Eetu Luostarinen of the opposing team.

The incident, captured extensively on video, initially seemed like a mere accident but raised eyebrows as replays suggested a deliberate extension of Foegele's knee.
The collision's impact was stark. Luostarinen's leg recoiled violently, leading to immediate distress and his subsequent exit from the game, aided by medical staff.
Just minutes before this incident, another contentious moment occurred when Sam Bennett of the Flames targeted Evan Bouchard in a similar manner.
Unlike Foegele's hefty penalty, Bennett received only a minor penalty, which has sparked debates about consistency in officiating.
Foegele's penalty was severe, possibly influencing further disciplinary actions by the NHL. Though some argue the contact was unintentional, the severity of the collision and its timing in the Cup Final magnify its significance. Fans and analysts alike are torn, with many Oilers supporters defending Foegele's intentions.
The league's decision on whether to impose additional penalties, such as a suspension, remains pending. This decision is crucial as the Oilers, who capitalized during the subsequent penalty kill to score a 4-on-4 goal, look to maintain momentum in what is nearly a must-win game.
As the Oilers prepare for the next game, the question lingers: Will Foegele be benched due to suspension, or will he return to play a critical role for his team? With the series hanging in the balance, the outcome of this disciplinary decision could significantly impact the Oilers' quest for the Cup.
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