There was a lot to like in the Edmonton Oilers 5-1 victory over the Dallas Stars tonight. 5 on 5 goals, not too many glaringly bad defensive plays, and some solid goaltending from Devan Dubnyk. Sadly the shutout bid was ended by Jagr, in what seemed to be his 100th goal against the Oilers this year,
However, the night was marred by one rather nasty incident, late in the 3rd, with the game already decided, frustration boiled over for Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and he blatantly cross-checked Ryan Jones, when Jones had his back turned to him.
Presumably in was in retaliation for Ryan Jones “running” Kari Lehtonen just moments earlier. And by running, I mean getting his feet tangled up and bumping into the Dallas netminder.
It’s an ugly, dirty play. Jones is without the puck, unsuspecting, and I don’t see how a cross-check in that situation can’t be seen as anything but an intent to injure.
Of course, predicting what Brendan Shanahan will decide to do on any given play is a bit of a silly proposition, as NHL suspensions are wildly inconsistent, but my feeling is this should, and probably will be two games.
The rest of the game featured some questionable, chippy play by the Stars as well, and I like the way the Oilers handled it – hitting Dallas where it hurts, on the scoreboard and standings. No need to stoop to their level to “protect” yourselves.
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