Oilers' McDavid calling for suspension on Pietrangelo for vicious slash on Draisaitl

May 11 2023, 1:51 pm

Things got ugly toward the end of Game 4 between the Edmonton Oilers and Vegas Golden Knights last night when Vegas defenceman Alex Pietrangelo slashed Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton’s most productive player.

This wasn’t just your run-of-the-mill slashing penalty, either. Pietrangelo grasped his stick with two hands and came down hard on the Oilers forward’s arm, causing him to fall to the ice.

Edmonton’s captain Connor McDavid was not shy to call out the vicious action. “You’d like to see it reviewed for sure. I would like to see it suspended,” McDavid told reporters after Wednesday night’s win at Rogers Place. “I mean, it’s as intent-to-injure as you can get.”

“That’s not a hockey play,” McDavid added. “But at the end of the day, it’s not in our hands.”

Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft shared similar sentiments when asked about the play.

“If you’re asking my opinion on that play, I would not define it as a hockey play,” Woodcroft told reporters after the game. “And I’ll leave it at that.”

While the slash occurred at the end of the third period with Vegas’ goalie pulled, Pietrangelo was ejected from the game. The Vegas veteran was handed a five-minute major penalty for slashing and a 10-minute misconduct by officials.

With tensions high as the final buzzer approached, Darnell Nurse and Golden Knights defenceman Nic Hague dropped the gloves. The Edmonton blueliner was handed an additional instigating penalty for starting a fight in the game’s final minute.

As a result, he, too, is facing a possible suspension.

With the series tied, the Oilers and Golden Knights will face off for Game 5 on Friday at 8 pm PT.

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