NHL fines McDavid for elbowing Kotkaniemi during Oilers-Canadiens game

Mar 31 2021, 9:22 am

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid has been fined $5,000 for his hit during the Oilers game against the Montreal Canadiens. The fine is the maximum allowable under the current CBA.

The play occurred in the first period after the Oilers were already down 3-0 when McDavid laid into Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi at centre ice with an apparent high elbow.

McDavid was given a two-minute roughing penalty for the play, and the Oilers would end up losing the game 4-0. Kotkaniemi was uninjured on the play.

The former Hart Trophy winner and current NHL points leader, McDavid had an unusually quiet night otherwise. He had no points, was a minus two and was held without a shot on goal for only the second time this season.

Both McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have not scored a goal, only have three points combined, in four games against Montreal this season.

McDavid’s hit is the talk of social media, as Habs fans are not happy, arguing that he should be given more than just a fine.

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