The Wild's Ryan Hartman punches Kings' Pierre-Luc Dubois while he's held back by official
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Official Holds Back Pierre-Luc Dubois While Ryan Hartman Decks Him

Published March 21, 2024 at 9:21

If you're going to let them go, let them go. Don't hold one player back so he has to eat punches to the face without having the chance to protect himself. There was a situation just like this in last night's game between the LA Kings and Minnesota Wild.

This game got heated in the third period while the Kings were leading 6-0 as both are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Wild's Ryan Hartman and LA's Pierre-Luc Dubois were exchanging words when tempers boiled over and Hartman dropped his gloves. Dubois clearly didn't want any part of it (his team was leading 6-0 after all), and tried to get away from Hartman before taking any damage. However, a linesman who must have thought he was trying to break up a fight, help on to Dubois while Hartman delivered multiple punches. Dubois was given no opportunity whatsoever to protect himself. This, if course, brought in several other players to get involved.

Both players ended up with roughing minors and 10-minute misconducts after the sequence. Those were just two of eight misconduct penalties that got handed out in the third period of the game as the skirmish did nothing but fan the flames in an already fiery situation.

March 21   |   111 answers
Official Holds Back Pierre-Luc Dubois While Ryan Hartman Decks Him

Should the official have been holding on to Dubois?

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