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NHL PLAYER SAFETY MAKES DECISION ON BRENDAN GALLAGHER HIT

During a game between the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens last night, there was plenty of debate on whether or not a hit on Darnell Nurse delivered by Brendan Gallagher would result in supplemental discipline.

The NHL Player Safety Department has weighed in on the issue, as it was announced Tuesday morning by Habs reporter Eric Engels that the league will neither fine nor suspend Gallagher. The incident took place in the second period, as Gallagher made a somewhat dangerous run at Nurse who both had his back turned and was a little bit away from the boards. The play resulted in a two-minute penalty for boarding, though the Oilers were unable to capitalize on the powerplay.

The hit appears to be payback for another dangerous hit from Saturday night's game between these two teams where Nurse caught Gallagher behind the Oilers' net, which also resulted in a two-minute minor for boarding.



It will be interesting to see if a new rivalry forms between these two players, which is something that could certainly happen given the fact they will play each other seven more times this season. Montreal has won the first two games between these two, outscoring the Oilers 8-2.




COLTON PANKIW
JANUARY 19, 2021  (12H07)
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