Carolina Hurricanes forward Radek Dvorak was ejected in the first period of Thursday’s game against the Florida Panthers for running goalie Roberto Luongo.
The incident occurred with just over seven minutes remaining in the opening period. You can view the collision by clicking on this link. Dvorak was driving to the net down the right side, but collided hard with Luongo as he appeared to try and make a move off the rush.
Dvorak was given a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. Luongo has left the game and is not expected to return, according to NHL.com.
Old pal Radek Dvorak gets the early boot with the game misconduct for charging Roberto Luongo (they were never #FlaPanthers teammates)
Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.
“Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”
“We got outcompeted in the second period, badly,” Mark Letestu told the team’s website. “Whether it was little puck battles or even just executing on systems. It played right into their game. When you get behind a team like this that’s so dominant in the circle it’s tough to generate chances to come back. We didn’t deserve to win this one at all.”
As if things weren’t bad enough, the Oilers also lost Nail Yakupovto injury after a linesman (yes, a linesman) fell on top of him.
After the game, head coach Todd McLellan didn’t hold back:
"That's a really disappointing effort from our hockey club… We weren't a very determined team." McLellan on the #Oilers defeat