Edmonton Oilers’ Taylor Hall is not known to be a dirty player, he’s only had one major penalty in his career prior to this. But his hit on Thursday night on Minnesota Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck was extremely dirty. With 17:27 left in the third period, and the Oilers losing 3-1, Hall threw his knee out and used his hip to drive through Clutterbuck, and Clutterbuck was immediately writhing in pain. Hall was given a 5-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.
Clutterbuck ended up traveling with the team to Calgary but he’s definitely still hurt:
He was stopped at the Zamboni entrance and put onto a stretcher, then wheeled to the Oilers medical room. I saw him with ice and a bandage just above the left knee as he was being wheeled.
Taylor Hall faces a disciplinary hearing on Friday, and is almost guaranteed to be suspended. The only question that remains is how long will he be suspended.
UPDATE: It appears Taylor Hall has been suspended for two games for this hit.
Confirming 2 game suspension for Taylor Hall
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