Will Cale Makar be suspended?
In addition to losing Game 4 of their series to the Seattle Kraken on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche may have to manage without Cale Makar soon.
The prolific defenseman will have to explain one of his gestures to the National Hockey League (NHL) player safety department and could face a suspension.
In the first period of the confrontation which ended in a 3-2 win for the Kraken in overtime, Makar knocked out forward Jared McCann. throwing him against the boards.
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The blow came after Seattle's leading scorer in the regular season got a golden chance to score shorthanded.
“I know he missed his shot and then I assumed that he was going into the corner because he was following the puck. I didn't really look to see if she was there,” said Makar, whose comments were reported by the NHL website.
“I don't feel like I hit him that hard and I believe they [the Kraken players] would have hit him if it was the other way around. […] I did not try to hurt him. It's unfortunate,” the full-back added.
McCann on the sidelines?
Makar was first handed a major five-minute penalty, but it was eventually reduced to a two-minute minor penalty after the video review.
McCann meanwhile did not return to the game. Head coach Dave Hakstol said he expects his skater to miss at least the fifth game of the series which is tied 2-2.
“What I saw live and on the video replay, it's a late check where the puck was not in play, said the Kraken driver. I even believe that the puck had already been caught by a fan when McCann was tackled on the boards.”
“Our 40-goal scorer was no longer available for the rest of the game and he shouldn't be in the near future.”
After Makar's shot, McCann lay on the icy surface for several minutes. The help of his teammates was needed for him to retreat to the bench and he was immediately transported to the locker room.
The 26-year-old Ontarian had a fantastic second season with the Kraken. In 79 regular season games, he hit the target 40 times and provided 30 assists for 70 points. McCann was quieter since the beginning of hostilities against the Avalanche, having registered only one assist in four games.