John Tavares could receive supplemental discipline for two-hand slash

Published March 12, 2023 at 8:56
John Tavares isn't known for being a a dirty player, but everyone has their limits. Last night Tavares reached his limit in the game against the Edmonton Oilers. Now Tavares must sit and wait to find out how the department of Player Safety feels about the slash.

Early in the 3rd period Tavares parked himself in front of the Oilers net, a place he frequented last night. Rookie defender Vincent Desharnais tried to clear Tavares, but was unsuccessful. Desharnais then delivered multiple cross checks to the back of Tavares.

That's when Tavares took matters into his own hands. After noting no penalty was being called, Tavares instead two-hand slashed Desharnais directly in the hand/wrist.

It was only at that point that the referee thought a penalty should be called. Instead of just calling the slash, the referee then felt it was time to call both players. The officials sent both Tavares and Desharnais to the box for coincidental minors.

Last week Ryan Hartman was fined by the league for a similar incident, which will be a likely baseline punishment. That is if George Parros decides this deserves a punishment.
March 12   |   124 answers
John Tavares could receive supplemental discipline for two-hand slash

Should John Tavares receive a punishment for this?

Yes, just a fine3125 %
Yes, a suspension4334.7 %
No punishment necessary5040.3 %
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