The NHL’s Department of Player Safety handed down its newest suspension Thursday night time, asserting the Jets will likely be with out Mark Scheifele for the subsequent four games.
Scheifele charged at Canadiens ahead Jake Evans in Game 1 of the groups’ second-round collection. He will miss Games 2-5 of the better of seven. Winnipeg trails 1-0 getting into Game 2 on Saturday.
Evans, who scored his first profession postseason aim in the sport, will likely be out indefinitely.
Why was Mark Scheifele suspended?
In the final minute of Wednesday’s collection opener between the Jets and Canadiens, Montreal’s Jake Evans skated full steam down the ice, grabbed a free puck and scored an empty-net aim with 56.9 seconds left in regulation. As he was giving his workforce a 5-3 lead (which might be the ultimate rating), Evans was leveled by Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who delivered a tough, excessive and unsuspecting hit.
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“I think it’s disgusting, no respect for the other players out there,” Canadiens heart Jesperi Kotkaniemi mentioned postgame.
Evans hit the ice exhausting and was down for a substantial period of time earlier than being stretchered off. He did give a thumbs up on his means off the ice. Scheifele was given a five-minute main for charging and a sport misconduct.
“He’s doing better. We have our two doctors with us, so they took care of him last night. They didn’t feel the need to bring him to the hospital, which was good news,” Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme mentioned Thursday, including Evans has a concussion. “He’s certainly going to miss some time — a lot of time — but it’s hard to judge (how much) right now.”
What is the NHL’s rule on charging?
According to NHL Rule 42, a charging penalty:
- Shall be imposed on a participant who skates, jumps into or fees an opponent in any method.
- Charging shall imply the actions of a participant who, on account of distance traveled, shall violently examine an opponent in any method.
- A “charge” could also be the results of a examine into the boards, into the aim body or in open ice.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety mentioned Thursday that Scheifele moved “with excessive momentum gained from traveling a considerable distance” and never solely completed his examine violently but additionally made “significant head contact” leading to an harm. As famous, Ducharme introduced that Evans has a concussion.
Scheifele, who was allowed to inform his facet, famous that he was making a defensive play and making an attempt to forestall a aim. The decision-makers thought in any other case as he by no means performed the puck and was “conceding the empty goal . . . [and] that his intention on this play is to deliver a hard, violent check to an opponent with the outcome of both the play, and the game already having been decided.”
“It just seemed so unnecessary,” Canadiens ahead Paul Byron mentioned Thursday. “Everyone kind of knew he was going to score the goal. It doesn’t seem like he (Scheifele) made much of an effort to stop the goal. To see your teammate, your friend laying on the ice like that, it’s a terrible feeling. We’re all wishing Jake nothing but the best. We hope he’s OK.”
Not everybody shared the similar perspective on the play.
“He’s a big, strong, powerful man that can skate. In order to try and cut that play off, he was skating pretty good. He wasn’t striding through the hit by any means,” mentioned Jets coach Paul Maurice a couple of hours earlier than the suspension got here down, including it was a clear hit.
“It was a hell of a hit. It was hard. Good on Evans, he took the hit to make the play.”
How lengthy is Mark Scheifele’s suspension?
As talked about, Scheifele was handed a four-game suspension. Among the hockey group, postseason games — particularly second-round games — maintain extra significance and weight; subsequently, this suspension is taken into account to be equal to about 10 games in the common season.
He is eligible to return for Game 6 of the collection if it reaches that time.
“The game isn’t the same as it was in the 1990s. We’re trying to eliminate hits like this that are dangerous,” mentioned Byron. “I heard from the players who said he (Evans) needs to defend himself, but on a play like that — making a wraparound — there’s no chance to protect yourself.
“We did not like the hit. It was soiled.”
Losing Scheifele leaves a huge hole in the Jets’ offense. The centerman led the team in assists (42) and points (63) during the regular season. In five postseason games, he had two goals and three assists.
“If we’re lacking Mark I feel you are lacking arguably our greatest participant for nonetheless lengthy, and I feel you noticed the impact of that in the bubble,” Andrew Copp said before the suspension came down. “I feel we’re means higher outfitted now to deal with such an harm. So guys should step up in his place if that is the case. We’ve acquired to discover a strategy to win the subsequent sport. I feel that is all we’re anxious about proper now. We’re not anxious about any targets or no matter they’re saying in the media. I feel we’re anxious about happening and profitable Game 2. It’s an enormous f—ing sport for us.”
In final 12 months’s summer time bubble, the Jets misplaced plenty of gamers together with Scheifele to harm. Winnipeg misplaced in four games to the Flames.
What occurs if the collection ends earlier than Game 6?
If the collection ends earlier than Game 6, then Scheifele’s suspension will carry over to the 2021-22 common season. As of now, he’ll routinely serve three of the four games in the postseason.
How lengthy is Jake Evans out?
Evans is out indefinitely with a concussion. He was not taken to a hospital Wednesday and was seen getting on the workforce bus following the sport.
Montreal is certain to train due diligence with the younger ahead. He has a historical past of concussions. In September 2018, he was stretchered off following a hard hit from the Senators’ Jonathan Aspirot throughout the NHL Rookie Showdown. He was taken to the hospital after that play.
Why was the suspension four games?
There have been plenty of mitigating elements in the decision. Scheifele’s listening to was not in individual; subsequently, the most variety of games he may have acquired was 5. The decision was based mostly on the motion, the harm and Scheifele’s historical past of earlier infractions, which is none.
Scheifele had by no means been suspended, and even fined, earlier than. He has performed in 575 regular-season and 33 postseason games and had just one main and three misconducts. His one main was for dropping the gloves with the Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce throughout the 2019-20 season, per hockeyfights.com. Wednesday’s sport misconduct was the first of his profession.
“Obviously he’s one of my best friends and I know that he doesn’t play the game in a vicious manner or anything like that,” the Jets’ Josh Morrissey mentioned Thursday. “I know that the last thing he’s out there to do is to try to hurt somebody. Obviously, like you said, the unfortunate result of the hit and the immediate concern of everybody goes to the safety and health of Jake Evans when he’s in obvious distress on the ice.”
Who else has been suspended in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs?
Scheifele is the fifth participant to be suspended this postseason. The earlier four: