Ryan McDonagh hits former teammate
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Ryan McDonagh ejected after huge collision with former teammate

Published March 30, 2024 at 7:38 PM

The Nashville Predators had their points streak ended against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night, so they were looking to begin a new streak tonight. The Predators are facing off against the Colorado Avalanche in what could end up being a playoff preview. In the second period of tonight's game, a collision occurred which sent Nashville's defender, Ryan McDonagh to the locker room for the rest of the night.

As the puck is flipped out of the Avalanche zone McDonagh begins to pursue at which time he collides with former teammate Ross Colton. Colton and McDonagh spent extended time together as members of the Tampa Bay Lightning so it is unlikely there was any attempt of malice on this play. However, it is clear that McDonagh's shoulder strikes Colton in the head.

McDonagh assessed a 5-minute major for this hit. Officials are reviewing the play to determine if McDonagh should be further penalized.

After a brief review, the call on the ice stood ending The defender's night. Colton went directly to the Avalanche locker room, presumably for concussion protocol. As soon as the officials made the call head coach Andrew Brunette went on an expletive filled rant letting the officials know exactly what he thought.

Andrew Brunette with some explicatives for the officials after Ryan McDonagh was given a match penalty for a hard hit on Ross Colton. #Preds   

The Preds gave up just one goal on the penalty kill and and currently lead the game 4-3.
March 30   |   110 answers
Ryan McDonagh ejected after huge collision with former teammate

Should Ryan McDonagh have been ejected?

No that's a minor penalty only1816.4 %
It's a major but not an ejection4238.2 %
Yes, they got it right2623.6 %
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