Nicolas Aube-Kubel Given Match Penalty For Hit to the Head of Tampa Bay’s Cal Foote

The Washington Capitals lost forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel during the second period of Friday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, after he was assessed a match penalty for a hit to the head.

The incident occurred at the 1:56 mark of the middle frame, when Aube-Kubel came laterally across the ice and made contact with Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Cal Foote (son of longtime NHL defenseman Adam Foote), who was trailing the play.

Upon further review and consultation with the league’s office in Toronto, Aube-Kubel was given a match penalty, which sent him to the dressing room early.

The Lightning failed to score on the subsequent five-minute power play, which was preceded by a fight at center-ice by the Caps’ Garnet Hathaway and Tampa Bay’s Patrick Maroon.

Aube-Kubel has been previously fined by the NHL for a kneeing incident, and in 2018, during his time with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) of the American Hockey League, was suspended three games for an illegal check to the head.

In May 2021, during his time with the Flyers in a game against Washington, Aube-Kubel collided with current teammate Tom Wilson in a knee-on-knee incident.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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2 Responses to Nicolas Aube-Kubel Given Match Penalty For Hit to the Head of Tampa Bay’s Cal Foote

  1. Anonymous says:

    That’s gonna be games, for sure.

  2. hockeydruid says:

    Think it will be 3 games and a fine. Shame that the ref stepped in the middle of the Hathaway. Maroon fight as Hathaway had Maroon on his knees and was about ready to unload a nice punch to hic face. Going to be one big fight Sunday night!

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