The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has determined that no supplemental discipline is warranted for T.J. Oshie’s hit on Same Bennett in Game 4 of the Capitals-Panthers series on Monday night. The hit did not receive a penalty in the game.
Oshie’s questionable hit on Bennett occurred just prior to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s go ahead goal at 9:31 of the third period.
T.J. Oshie gets away with a high hit on Sam Bennett and Evgeny Kuznetsov scores to take a 2-1 lead for the Capitals (+145). pic.twitter.com/lQXOJGryV6
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As you can see in the top image, the puck is still in close proximity to Bennett. The only real question was whether Oshie levied an illegal check to the head. An additional angle shows the hit by Oshie actually caused Bennett’s own stick to hit him in the face.
TJ Oshie hit on Sam Bennett. Thoughts?🤔
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Bennett appeared disoriented after the legal hit, with some blood on his Jersey, as he eventually made his way to the Panthers bench.
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“I didn’t like the hit (to Bennett),” Panthers’ head coach Andrew Brunette said postgame, according to The Hockey News’ Erin Brown. “I thought it was targeted to the head.”
Brunette also added he hopes the Department of Player Safety takes a closer look at the play, according to NHL.com’s Jameson Olive.
Oshie has never been suspended in his 14-year NHL career.
The hit initially drew a tremendous uproar from the Panthers faithful on social media. Of course they were silent when Bennett took liberties on a questionable hit on John Carlson earlier in the series.
— Mike Housman (@HousmanHockey) May 4, 2022
The series is now tied with Game 5 set for Wednesday night in South Florida. Game 6 is set for Friday at Capital One Arena.
By Jon Sorensen