Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/20/13
UPDATE: There will be no further punishment for Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner for his hit on Colorado Avalanche centre Paul Stastny during Thursday night’s 4-2 Avs win. Gagner was given a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct for cross-checking Stastny in the face late in the first period. The optics of Edmonton Oilers centre Sam Gagner, wearing a face-mask to guard against another elbow or stick to damage his repaired broken jaw, hitting Colorado Avalanche pivot Paul Stastny with a hard cross-check to the face Thursday will not look good when the NHL”s Department of Player Safety looks at the video from 10 different angles. They could easily suspend him — no word yet if a phone hearing or an in-person — which would mean two Oilers in the last week with defenceman Corey Potter getting two for his boarding on Anaheim’s Nick Bonino this past Sunday. Gagner has little or no history of violence with the league over his 438 NHL games but neither did Potter. There’s a chance he gets off with a fine, but that’s pretty iffy. It’s apparent Gagner was concerned when Stastny was down on his knees, so much so he skated over to him while the play was going on, then tried to apologize before he was sent to the penalty box. He knew instantly it was a frustrated swing that had gone badly wrong. It started with Gagner sticking his head into Stastny’s chest at the draw, then Stastny came up with his stick and appeared to cut the Oilers’ forward. He got mad, and he got tossed out, but not before a major kerfuffle.
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