During the waning moments of Game Four, the Caps lost TJ Oshie to an upper-body injury when Warren Foegele crosschecked him into the boards.
Foegele served a two-minute penalty for boarding. Friday afternoon, TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reported that the NHL will not give additional punishment to Foegele for the hit.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) April 19, 2019
After Game Four, Todd Reirden said that Oshie’s injury was serious and the forward “will not be playing anytime soon.”
Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour thought that Oshie “was just not ready for the hit,” and that the call happened once Oshie stayed down on the ice.
“You see a lot of hits that are way, way worse than that. I think he just went in awkward,” Brind’Amour explained. “Barely hit him I thought, really.”
Alex Ovechkin told media postgame that Foegele’s play was “dirty” and it deserved a five-minute major penalty.
“I don’t want to comment this, but we try to avoid that [hit]. We have all these meetings. GMs makes meetings. Referees watch the videos. [Then] it’s two minutes,” Ovechkin said. “The guy hurt. It’s dirty play. Not two minutes. A different call.”
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