Evgeni Malkin was ejected from the game against the Washington Capitals tonight after this collision with T.J. Oshie.
Evgeni Malkin gets ejected for this hit to the head of T.J. Oshie pic.twitter.com/o52QJPwKmQ— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) November 8, 2018
In slow motion, logic and intent can get created - in real time Malkin carries the puck into the zone over the blue line while the Penguins are on the power play. He passes the puck and then Oshie closes in on him to make some sort of contact. Malkin’s legs stay pointing north and he braces himself and looks to shrug off the hit.
Oshie, who is listed at 5’11 (four inches shorter than Malkin) goes barreling into Malkin’s shoulder.
Neutral observers seem to have pardoned the play.
Slo-mo doesn’t help perception of this play. Oshie seems to be the one looking for contact, Malkin tries a reverse hit after just moving puck, elbow doesn’t come up much, I dunno. Result sucked, doesn’t seem that bad to me? https://t.co/mSImiaQ6Wx— Justin Bourne (@jtbourne) November 8, 2018
Oshie is crouched down because he’s ready to spring into Malkin. Malkin just beat him to the punch. Live by the sword die by the sword fuckers— i respect all birds, all sizes (@AnthraxJones) November 8, 2018
NHL officials did not, issuing Malkin a five-minute major penalty and a kicking him out of the contest with a game misconduct, after Oshie, who has a history of concussions and head injuries, went down hard and stayed down, requiring assistance and looking dazed coming off the ice slowly.
Pittsburgh was able to kill the long penalty against them caused by this call.
Oshie would leave the game but did return later in the period, appearing to suffer no major or obvious injury on the play. It remains to be seen if any further discipline is coming for Malkin on a play where he stayed in his lane and dished a hit prior to receiving one after playing the puck, or if league officials will deem getting kicked out of a 1-1 tie game and having his team kill a major penalty is enough punishment for the incident.
Update: Malkin will not face any further discipline from the NHL for this incident
NHL Dept. of Player Safety will not bring supplemental discipline against @penguins star Evgeni Malkin for hit to head of @Capitals T.J. Oshie. Sense I get: They felt the in-game punishment was enough, and felt that Malkin was bracing for impact more than delivering head shot.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 8, 2018