NHL Department of Player Saftey Calls Pietrangelo In For A Hearing

Published May 11, 2023 at 11:07

The Edmonton Oilers were able to even up their second round series with a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday night.

Much of the discussion after the game was about a play that happened in the final few minutes. Golden Knights defenceman Alex Pietrangelo gave Leon Draisaitl a vicious slash on his wrists. Draisaitl had carried the puck into Vegas' zone and dumped it behind the net and Pietrangelo cut him off in the corner and threw the slash.

Pietrangelo was assessed a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Today the NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Vegas Golden Knights defenceman Alex Pietrangelo will have a hearing for his slash on Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl late in Game 4.

"You would like to see it reviewed for sure. I'd like to see it suspended,"
McDavid said post-game.
"It was as intent to injure as you can get. That was not a hockey play."

"If you're asking my opinion on that play, I would not define it as a hockey play,"
Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft added.
"And I'll leave it at that."

Edmonton defenceman Darnell Nurse is facing a potential one-game suspension after receiving an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Game 4. Nurse received the additional penalty after dropping the gloves with Nicolas Hague in the game's final minute.

The automatic suspension can be overturned upon review and Woodcroft argued after Wednesday's game that it should be.

"I saw the play going on, I saw Darnell wrap somebody up and I saw their player with his gloves off first,"
Woodcroft said.
"So to me, that's two willing combatants. It's not like someone was turtled up into a ball."

"I thought it started with [Hague] having his gloves off first and he threw the first eight punches."

It would be very surprising if Pietrangelo didn't get at least a couple games suspension. There was clear intent to injure on that play.

Game 5 is on Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas
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NHL Department of Player Saftey Calls Pietrangelo In For A Hearing

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