After spearing Chris Tierney in the ‘special purpose’ during Tuesday night’s 7-0 thumping by the San Jose Sharks, Leon Draisaitl escaped the swift arm of NHL justice with only a scuff mark.
Following Draisaitl’s Wednesday hearing with the Department of Player Safety it was decided the Edmonton Oilers forward only required a fine for his participation.
From the NHL:
Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has been fined $2,569.44, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for spearing San Jose Sharks forward Chris Tierney during Game 4 of the teams’ First Round series in San Jose on Tuesday, April 18, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
The incident occurred at 13:44 of the second period. Draisaitl was assessed a major penalty for spearing and a game misconduct.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
In the game itself, Draisaitl was assessed a five minute major and was tossed from what would end up being a dumpster fire for his team.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will return home for Game 3 of their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the hole two games and now without the services of Matt Calvert.
The Department of Player Safety has suspended Calvert for one game (Game 3 in the series) after he cross-checked Tom Kuhnhackl at the end of Game 2.
There are some key points of emphasis Player Safety makes in the explanation video.
Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray feels like his team dodged a bullet. Cam Fowler is expected to miss two to six weeks with a sprained knee. It’s a big gap of time, but the team is expected to know which one it’s closer when Fowler is re-examined next week.
“When I saw the hit, your heart goes in your mouth,” said Murray. “We may have gotten a little bit of a break.”
He’s not kidding.
The hit on Fowler by Mark Giordano appeared to bend the defenseman’s knee sideways.
Dalton Prout has a date with the Department of Player Safety on Monday afternoon for alleged interference on Radko Gudas.
In Saturday’s game between the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers, Gudas dealt a vicious, but legal hit on John Quenneville.
The Department of Player Safety suspended Tom Sestito for four games after boarding Toby Enstrom in a raucous first period of Wednesday night’s game. He will forfeit $12,777.76 in salary. This is Sestito’s first suspension since 2011.
Sestito was called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins to take the spot of an injured Patric Hornqvist. The game was the ninth for Sestito this season and first since Nov. 16.
In a scant 1:02 TOI versus Winnipeg, Sestito racked up 20 minutes in penalties and was tossed from the game after boarding Enstrom.
The Florida Panthers went down a forward after Denis Malgin took a hard check by Pavel Zacha into the boards.
Malgin stayed down on the ice before coming to all fours. He skated off under his own power and went straight to the dressing room. Shortly after the start of the second period, the Panthers announced Malgin would not return due to an ‘upper-body injury.’
Zacha was assessed a five-minute major penalty by the officials, but he was not kicked out of the game.
With all hits of this nature, the Department of Player Safety will take a look to see if supplemental discipline is necessary.
Right after Cody Eakin was tossed from Thursday’s game for slamming into Henrik Lundqvist’s head pretty much everyone knew the Dallas Stars forward would be suspended. It was just a matter of the Department of Player Safety handing down their ruling.
On Friday afternoon, Player Safety announced Eakin will miss the next four games. He’ll forfeit $85,555.56 total salary for charging.
The greater Manhattan area held their collective breath Thursday night as Henrik Lundqvist was down on all fours on the ice.
Lundqvist, in his first game back after sitting the last four, was puck handling in the trapezoid. With his head down, King Henrik had no idea that Cody Eakin was about to shake his brain in his skull.
Eakin’s shoulder makes direct contact with Lundqvist’s head and blasts the helmet off the netminder.
Mark Borowiecki knew the second after he made contact with Tyler Toffoli he would have to answer for what he did.
The Los Angeles Kings forward was playing the puck against the boards with his head down the entire time. Borowiecki comes flying in and forcefully drives Toffoli’s body into the glass.
Toffoli drops immediately to the ground. As the Kings encircle Borowiecki, the Ottawa Senators defenceman throws off his gloves and prepares to defend himself.
As for Toffoli, he got to his feet and skated to the bench. He went directly to the locker room for concussion evaluation.
There is one thing we know for sure about the hit above: Justin Williams got absolutely rocked by Cal Clutterbuck on Thursday night.
The contact between the two players was well after Williams seemed to have touched the puck. Yet the question that could be bandied about is whether or not Clutterbuck collided with Williams or went out of his way to hit him, especially when it comes to any supplemental discipline.
Williams appears to be caught puck watching as he turns it over at center ice. As he skates forward, Clutterbuck comes in and blasts him.