Connor McDavid comes under fire for trying to injure an opponent

Graham Montgomery
May 20, 2024  (6:54 PM)

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid addressing the media after a loss in February
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Connor McDavid is under fire today ahead of game seven against the Vancouver Canucks after fans discovered a blatant high-stick that went uncalled in game six.

McDavid was engaged in a board battle with Canucks defenseman Carson Soucy when he appeared to deliberately clip the defenseman in the visor with his stick. He certainly made no attempt to make a play on the puck in this instance. Some fans noted that it looked intentional, which is somewhat hard to disagree with in this case.
I'm sorry but what the ****. This was intentional

Needless to say, fans were not particularly thrilled about the play. Oilers fans probably didn't even notice the play and if they did, many likely just shrugged it off. That's playoff hockey right?
@NHLPlayerSafety looked to be an intentional high stick to the face. I'd say more intent to cause harm than Soucy's cross check.

Not exactly. While the standard for a penalty call is generally much higher in the playoffs, the Oilers have had no issues whatsoever generating powerplay opportunities in this series. The Oilers have had 18 opportunities on the man advantage in the series so far, averaging three per game despite just one powerplay in game one.
Oilers are protected by the league, the whole series has had ridiculous calls.

This particular play could very well be an attempt at a little bit of revenge for McDavid. After all, Soucy cross-checked McDavid at the final buzzer in game four which lead to a one-game suspension for the defenseman. It was an unfortunately timing play as Nikita Zadorov happened to cross check McDavid in the back at the same time.
Carson Soucy catches McDavid with a cross-check after the final buzzer 😳

Regardless, it all comes down to tonight. One of these teams will be heading to the golf course and one will be heading to the Western Conference finals to take on the Dallas Stars. Be sure to tune in to see how it shakes out.
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Connor McDavid comes under fire for trying to injure an opponent

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