May 23rd, 2024

Canucks’ Carson Soucy suspended 1 game for cross-checking Oilers star Connor McDavid in the face


By The Associated Press on May 13, 2024.

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) – Vancouver Canucks defenseman Carson Soucy was suspended one game on Monday for a cross-check on Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid.

A skirmish began after the final buzzer sounded in Vancouver’s 4-3 victory in Game 3 on Sunday night. Soucy shoved McDavid behind the Canucks’ net and McDavid responded by hitting Soucy’s leg with his stick.

Canucks blue liner Nikita Zadorov then cross-checked McDavid from behind, and Soucy cross-checked the Oilers captain in the face as he was falling.

Soucy was handed a minor penalty for the play and the NHL’s Department of Player Safety handed down a one-game suspension Monday, saying in a video that the defenseman’s actions were “not a hockey play” and deserved additional discipline.

Zadorov was fined $5,000 by the NHL, the maximum amount under the collective bargaining agreement.

Vancouver leads the best-of-seven second-round series 2-1, with Game 4 set for Tuesday night in Edmonton.

Soucy told reporters Monday that he wasn’t trying to injure McDavid on the play.

“It’s just an unfortunate incident due to some timing. “¦ Obviously there wasn’t intent to get a player up that high,” he said before the suspension was announced.

“Emotions run high in those scrums at the end of the game.”

Missing game time would be difficult, the 29-year-old defenseman said.

“It would suck, obviously, at this time, in a tight series like this, in a physical series,” Soucy said. “I know guys will step up if that is the case. But it sucks having to watch your team.”

McDavid said Monday he was “feeling great” and didn’t want to talk too much about the incident, other than calling it “part of a heated series.”

“It’s a tough game. They’ve got big d-men. They make it hard on you. They play physical, they play a physical brand of hockey and it’s fun to be a part of,” said the Oilers captain.

“It’s a fun series to be a part of. Obviously, two Canadian teams going at it, there’s a lot of passion.”

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