Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals didn’t end without a little drama. NHL Player Safety dishes out suspension for what appeared to be a clean hit by Blues player Oskar Sundqvist.
The hit which injured Bruins Defenceman Matt Grzelcyk came in the first period while the teams were tied up at 2 a piece.
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The play seen Grzelcyk come in to get the puck and turn his back to the play as he went into the boards. In coming Oskar Sundqvist to finish his check on the play.
Unfortunately while finishing his check the Bruins player had gotten hurt and Sundqvist was assessed a 2 minute minor for boarding. Subsequently the league has also issued a 1 game suspension for the hit.
During the first intermission on Coach’s Corner, Don Cherry and Ron MacLean seemed to side with the Blues on the play. Don Cherry was quoted as saying “He’s just asking for it”.
Don Cherry followed up by saying “you never ever go in the corner like that”, while referring to Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk. Ron MacLean also appeared to agree when saying “I’m with you Don”.
This isn’t the first controversial suspension in these playoffs either. You only have to go back to the Bruins against Columbus series where this time it was the Boston player getting the boot.
That happened when Blue Jackets player Josh Anderson was carrying the puck with his head down and got smoked by Charlie McAvoy.
The theme here which we hope doesn’t continue into next year is that the league is now dishing out suspensions for the result of hits rather than hits themselves.
In the case of the most recent event a 2 minute minor for boarding was a little overboard as well. It is obvious though that the direction appears to be coming from the league on this one.
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Game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals will be played on Saturday night. This will be the first time in 49 years that the St. Louis Blues will be at home in a NHL Final game.
This is also the first time the Blues are playing hockey in June! We will see the impact the game suspension to Oskar Sundqvist has to the Blues. The Blues third and fourth line has been a real spark plug for the team win there run since January.