In a game against the Canadiens on Tuesday night, Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid elbowed Montreal's Jesperi Kotkaniemi up high, causing outrage on social media.
Well, that's some garbage from McDavid. pic.twitter.com/ra5RYasRU5— Scott Matla (@scottmatla) March 30, 2021
McDavid approached Kotkaniemi with speed after the puck had already left his area and targeted him with high contact. The Oilers ended up losing 4-0 to the Habs, so maybe McDavid's frustrations boiled over before making the hit.
As a result, the NHL Department of Player Safety fined McDavid $5,000 for elbowing. Some fans believe the 24-year-old should have been suspended.
Edmonton’s Connor McDavid has been fined $5,000, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Elbowing Montreal’s Jesperi Kotkaniemi.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 31, 2021
McDavid isn't known for making dirty plays but for creating goals. The Ontario native has 63 points (21 goals, 42 assists) in 37 games this season.