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Sad: Oilers suspended Leon Draisaitl today

Sad: Oilers suspended Leon Draisaitl today.


Alex Pietrangelo, Darnell Nurse suspended for Game 5 of Golden Knights-Oilers series


Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid was correct in saying that Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo’s slash on star forward Leon Draisaitl was suspension-worthy.



Pietrangelo was suspended one game for his infraction in the Oilers’ series-tying win on Wednesday, but Edmonton will be also down a defenseman for Friday’s crucial Game 5 because of a suspension to Darnell Nurse.



Draisaitl, who leads all playoff goal scorers with 13 goals, had unsuccessfully attempted to score into an empty net. Pietrangelo raised his stick high and delivered a hard slash to Draisaitl’s forearm with 1:27 left.



“You’d like to see it reviewed, for sure,” said McDavid, who tangled with Pietrangelo after the play. “I would like to see it suspended. It’s as ‘intent to injure’ as you can get. Time, score, clock all play a factor.”



Pietrangelo received a five-minute major and a game misconduct. But NHL Player Safety ruled that the play went beyond the on-ice penalty.


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“The puck has been gone for some time before Pietrangelo chooses to ignore the play, raise his stick and deliver a slash to a vulnerable area of his opponent with sufficient force for supplemental discipline,” the department stated in its video of his ban.


The third period saw 93 penalty minutes called, including the slash.

In the last minute, Nurse and Nicolas Hague of Vegas got into a brawl that resulted in Nurse receiving an instigator penalty. Nurse was automatically suspended for one game for starting a fight in the last five minutes of regulation, and Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft was fined $10,000 as a result.


Pietrangelo and Nurse lead their teams in ice time and Pietrangelo has six assists to Nurse’s four. Their series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 scheduled for 10 p.m. ET in Las Vegas.



The Oilers won 4-1 on Wednesday with Nick Bjugstad and Evan Bouchard scoring 52 seconds apart in the first period. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, a 100-point scorer in the regular season, got his first goal of the postseason. So did defenseman Mattias Ekholm.



Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner made 25 saves, allowing only a third-period goal by Nicolas Roy.

“Big win for our group,” Woodcroft said. “Best-of-three from now on.”



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