Jets’ Mark Scheifele suspended four games on charges: explaining NHL decision
The NHL Player Safety Department issued its final suspension Thursday night, announcing that the Jets will be without Mark Scheifele for the next four games.
Scheifele loaded Canadiens forward Jake Evans in Game 1 of the teams’ second round series. He will miss games 2-5 of the best of the seven. Winnipeg is down 1-0 before Game 2 on Saturday.
Evans, who scored his first playoff goal in the game, will be out indefinitely.
Why was Mark Scheifele suspended?
In the last minute of Wednesday’s series opener between the Jets and the Canadiens, Montrealer Jake Evans skated full steam ahead on the ice, grabbed a loose puck and scored a goal into an empty net with 56 , 9 seconds to play in regulation time. As he gave his team a 5-3 lead (which would be the final score), Evans was tied by Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele, who delivered a hard, high and unsuspecting blow.
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“I think it’s disgusting, no respect for other players,” Canadiens center Jesperi Kotkaniemi said after the game.
Evans hit the ice hard and lay on the ground for a considerable amount of time before being laid down on a stretcher. He gave a thumbs up as he got off the ice. Scheifele was given a five-minute major for charge and misconduct in the match.
” He’s getting better. We have our two doctors with us, so they took care of him last night. They didn’t feel the need to take him to the hospital which was good news, ”Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Thursday, adding Evans has a concussion. “He’s definitely going to run out of time – a lot of time – but it’s hard to judge (how much) right now.”
What is the NHL rule on charges?
Under rule 42 of the NHL, a charge penalty:
- Will be imposed on a player who skates, jumps or charges an opponent in any way.
- Charging will mean the actions of a player who, due to the distance traveled, will violently defeat an opponent in any way.
- A “charge” can be the result of failure in boards, in goal or in open ice.
The NHL’s Player Safety Department said on Thursday that Scheifele moved “with excessive momentum gained by traveling a considerable distance” and not only finished his bodycheck violently, but also made “important contact with the head “resulting in injury. As reported, Ducharme announced that Evans had a concussion.
Scheifele, who was allowed to tell his team, noted he was making a defensive play and trying to prevent a goal. The decision-makers thought otherwise since he had never played the puck and “conceded the empty goal … [and] that his intention on this play is to throw a hard and violent check at an opponent with the outcome of both play and play having already been decided. “
“It seemed so unnecessary,” Canadiens forward Paul Byron said Thursday. “Everyone kind of knew he was going to score the goal. It doesn’t look like he (Scheifele) put much effort into stopping the goal. Seeing your teammate, your friend lying on the ice like that, it’s terrible feeling. We all wish Jake nothing but the best. We hope he’s okay. “
Not everyone shared the same point of view on the play.
“He’s a tall, strong and powerful man who can skate. In order to try to cut this play, he skated pretty well. He wasn’t getting through the blow by any means, ”Jets coach Paul Maurice said hours before the suspension fell, adding that it was a free kick.
“It was a hell of a blow. It was tough. Of course Evans, he took the blow to make the play.”
How long is Mark Scheifele’s suspension?
As mentioned, Scheifele received a four-game suspension. Within the hockey community, playoff games – especially second-round games – have more significance and weight; therefore, this suspension is considered equivalent to approximately 10 regular season games.
He is eligible to return for Game 6 of the Series if he reaches that point.
“The game is not the same as it was in the 1990s. We are trying to eliminate hits like this which are dangerous,” said Byron. “I’ve heard players say he (Evans) has to defend himself, but on a game like this – doing a buckle – there’s no way to protect himself.
“We didn’t like it. It was dirty.”
The loss of Scheifele leaves a huge hole in the Jets’ offense. The center led the team in assists (42) and points (63) in the regular season. In five playoff games, he has scored two goals and three assists.
“If we miss Mark, I think you probably miss our best player this long, and I think you saw the effect in the bubble,” said Andrew Copp before the suspension. “I think we’re much better equipped now to handle such an injury. So the guys will have to take his place if that is the case. We have to find a way to win the next game. I think that’s all that is. we “We are worried at the moment. We are not worried about any targets or anything they say in the media. I think we’re worried about continuing and winning Game 2. It’s a big shit game for us. “
In last year’s summer bubble, the Jets lost a number of players, including Scheifele, to injury. Winnipeg has lost in four games to the Flames.
What happens if the series ends before Game 6?
If the series ends before Game 6, Scheifele’s suspension will be carried over to the 2021-22 regular season. From now on, he will automatically serve three of the four playoff games.
How long is Jake Evans away?
Evans is absent indefinitely with a concussion. He was not taken to hospital on Wednesday and was seen boarding the team bus after the game.
Montreal will certainly do their due diligence with the young striker. He has a history of concussions. In September 2018 he was jerked off after a hard blow by Jonathan Aspirot of the Senators in the NHL rookie showdown. He was taken to hospital after this room.
Why was the suspension four games?
There were a number of mitigating factors in the decision. Scheifele’s audience was not in person; therefore, the maximum number of games he could have received was five. The ruling was based on Scheifele’s action, injury and previous offense history, which is none.
Scheifele had never been suspended, or even fined, before. He played 575 regular season games and 33 playoff games and had only one serious fault and three serious faults. His only major was dropping the gloves with the Hurricanes’ Brett Pesce during the 2019-20 season, by hockeyfights.com. Wednesday’s misconduct was the first of his career.
“Obviously he’s one of my best friends and I know he doesn’t play the game in a vicious way or anything like that,” Josh Morrissey said of the Jets on Thursday. “I know the last thing he is out there to do is try to hurt someone. Obviously, like you said, the unfortunate result of the blow and the immediate concern of everyone goes to the safety and health of Jake Evans when it is evident distress on the ice. “
Who else was suspended in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs?
Scheifele is the fifth player to be suspended in the playoffs. The previous four: