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Aaron Ekblad forces Evan Bouchard to tap out with dangerous choke


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Josh tupper
June 11, 2024  (7:09)
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Aaron Ekblad chokes Evan Bouchard
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Late in Game 2, Aaron Ekblad forces Edmonton Oilers defender Evan Bouchard to tap out to a rear naked choke.

Last night the Florida Panthers took a commanding 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Historically, teams that take this lead go on to win the series 90% of the time. As the game went on, things between the two teams grew heated highlighted by a moment when Panthers defender Aaron Ekblad placed Evan Bouchard in a rear naked choke.
As Ekblad applied the hold Bouchard could be seen tapping out to alert the defender. He was in stress. Ekblad did not immediately release the hold and continued to apply the move. Eventually he released Bouchard without incident, but as many have highlighted this was an extremely dangerous play.
Fans immediately began to react to this play and just how dangerous it was. Former NHL employee Rachel Doerrier had the following to say if the play:
Something could've gone seriously wrong here and there is no argument that it was anything other than an attempt to choke/injure. There's a reason MMA has a ref with eyes on two guys. Chokes can be deadly.

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It isn't known if the NHL Department of Player Safety will review this play, but it is definitely possible the league feels that this may reach the level of supplemental discipline. It will be interesting to see how the league reacts because this could very well set a tone for the remainder of the series.
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