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Suspension and fine: Connor McDavid got hit hard in the face

Published May 13, 2024 at 12:36
BY DAVID ST-JEAN
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In the recent match between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers, there was a very dangerous sequence involving Connor McDavid.

Indeed, the NHL's best player got sandwiched between Nikita Zadorov and Carson Soucy, and the Department of Player Safety was certainly not going to let it slide.

First, let's see what happened.
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It's a very hard contact to the face, and McDavid could have been seriously injured. However, this is part of the playoffs, and many Vancouver fans are calling it an injustice, mentioning that the sanctions are too severe.


Nikita Zadorov received a fine, while Soucy will have a hearing, which likely means a suspension.

"Vancouver's Nikita Zadorov has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for cross-checking Edmonton's Connor McDavid." - NHL Department of Player Safety


"Vancouver's Carson Soucy will have a hearing for cross-checking Edmonton's Connor McDavid. Date and time TBD." - NHL Department of Player Safety

The recurring point is that if the victim had not been Connor McDavid, the NHL would not have reacted as intensely.

In my opinion, we're talking about a cross-check to the face by Soucy. His stick was placed directly in front of McDavid's head, and there's no doubt about it.

As for Zadorov, I think a fine is quite minimal considering the impact of his action. He propelled #97 towards Soucy's stick, and the repercussions were greater.

In any case, this series is far from over. There's a lot of animosity between the two rivals, and it promises more intensity ahead.


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