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Soucy to be suspended for brutal cross check on McDavid, Zadorov fined

Published May 13, 2024 at 12:23

Last night's matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks concluded with more than just the final buzzer; it ended in a contentious scrum that has since drawn significant attention from the NHL. The league has announced disciplinary measures against Canucks players Nikita Zadorov and Carson Soucy for their roles in the altercations involving Oilers' captain Connor McDavid.

In the moments following the game, Zadorov initiated the conflict with a cross check to McDavid's back. As McDavid was brought down, Soucy compounded the situation with a severe hit to McDavid's face. The NHL's response was swift, imposing a $5,000 fine on Zadorov and scheduling a phone hearing for Soucy, suggesting a potential suspension of fewer than five games.

The play, described by many as excessive, echoes a similar incident earlier this season involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly, who received a five-game suspension for his actions. Analyst Elliotte Friedman was among those who criticized last night's event, remarking on its stark deviation from typical hockey conduct.

Despite the chaos, the Canucks managed to secure a victory on their home ice, edging ahead in the series with a 2-1 lead over the Oilers. The prospect of Vancouver's goaltender Thatcher Demko returning by games five or six only adds to the mounting pressure on the Oilers, who have seen some struggles from their own goalie, Stuart Skinner. With the crucial game four on the horizon, the Oilers face a daunting decision regarding their starting goaltender.

Post-game, McDavid did not address the media, leading to concerns about his condition. However, Oilers coach Knoblauch provided a reassuring update, indicating no serious injuries were sustained by McDavid in the altercation.

This news comes as a relief as the Oilers look towards recovering their stance in the series, heavily relying on McDavid's leadership and prowess on the ice.

As the series progresses, all eyes will be on how both teams adjust and respond, particularly the Oilers as they strategize for the upcoming games without their star player being compromised. The NHL's decision on Soucy's conduct will also be pivotal in setting the tone for what is acceptable on the ice as the playoffs intensify.
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Soucy to be suspended for brutal cross check on McDavid, Zadorov fined

How long should Soucy be suspended for his cross check on McDavid?

1 game117.3 %
2 games3322 %
3 games or more10268 %
No suspension, it's playoff hockey42.7 %
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