Joakim Nordstrom will have his day in Department of Player Safety court Friday. Because he pushed Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson into the boards at the end of Chicago’s 2-1 victory over Arizona on Thursday night. And it looked brutal.
The video please:
It’s impossible to know how hard Nordstrom pushed Ekman-Larsson, but he appeared to use some level of force with his arms while the Arizona defenseman was in a prone position. Nordstrom received a boarding minor on the play.
There didn’t seem to be a ton of griping from Arizona on the play following the game per the Arizona Republic:
The Coyotes were 0-for-2 with the second power play coming late in the third after Oliver Ekman-Larsson was hit from behind into the boards.
After the game, Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day with a "not-too-serious" upper-body injury and he is hopeful Ekman-Larsson is ready to play Saturday.
So injury won’t be an issue on this. But the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc notes it could be a one-game suspension, because well … you can’t make a hit like that in this league anymore really.
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