The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced on Monday that St. Louis Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist has been fined $5,000 for roughing Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Adam Boqvist on Sunday.
The incident happened in the second period and sparked an intense fight during the Blues’ 2-0 win.
You can see the entire sequence in the video above.
As the two players were going for a loose puck along the boards, Sundqvist flung his arm around and basically clotheslined Boqvist in the face, knocking him to the ice. From there, St. Louis’ Vince Dunn and Chicago’s Drake Caggiula dropped the gloves and went at each other.
Sundqvist was given a two-minute minor for elbowing and a two-minute for roughing on the play.
Dunn and Caggiula were each given five-minute majors for fighting.
Chalk it up to the storied rivalry between these two Central Division teams, or simply tensions boiling over, but it was quite something.
At first, officials were going to hand Sundqvist a major penalty. After undergoing a review, they bumped it down. Ultimately, Sundqvist received a roughing minor, while Caggiula and Dunn both were whistled for fighting.
One of the most entertaining moments came when Dunn made this face following the fight:
Caggiula also played to the crowd nicely after his fight with Dunn:
Nothing is going right for the San Jose Sharks right now.
After Sunday’s late meltdown against the Capitals, the Sharks were on the losing end of another game on Tuesday night when they dropped a 3-2 decision to the St. Louis Blues. But the result of the game might not even be the worst news of the game.
Logan Couture, the Sharks’ leading scorer, had to leave the game midway through the second period after falling hard into the boards. It all happened during a collision with Blues defenseman Vince Dunn.
Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Couture was in a walking boot after the game, but had no other update.
He did say he didn’t think the injury is anything too serious, but they will not know more about the injury or his status until tomorrow.
The Sharks are already in a brutal spot in the standings, sitting eight points out of a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference with five teams ahead of them. If they lose Couture for any extended period of time — even if only for a few games or a couple of weeks — it would be a massive mountain for them to overcome in the second half.
These are painful times for the Calgary Flames … sometimes literally.
By falling 5-0 to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, the Flames have now dropped six consecutive games. It’s hard not to think a little bit about the Toronto Maple Leafs firing Mike Babcock amid their slump when considering the Flames’ own struggles, both now and in their own disappointing showing in Round 1 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
And then a cool story where Binnington’s biggest fan, Kevin, gave the goaltender a birthday card he had made up and passed along to his mother, who knew someone on the team that could deliver it to him. Unbeknownst to Kevin, his mother had kept the card so he could deliver his favorite goalie himself.
Captain Alex Pietrangelo has the cup today (Sunday, if you’re reading this in the future.)