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Tense Exchange: Leon Draisaitl Snubs Alex Pietrangelo in Handshake Line after Game 6 Elimination

Hockey playoffs are a fantastic sport. After a rough and hard-hitting game, the teams shake hands and resume their normal activities. However, as we witnessed last night, it can be challenging to shake everything off in a matter of seconds.

It was inevitable that Leon Draisaitl and Alex Pietrangelo would meet for the first time since Pietrangelo savagely cut Draisaitl during Game 4 as the teams lined up to shake hands. AP27 was back in the lineup last night despite serving a one-game suspension for his behavior.

As the two come towards each other the vibe between the two immediately changes. Rather than the cordial exchange, Draisaitl instead refuses to look at Pietrangelo, instead he simply mouths “good game” and moves on.

It’s certainly hard to blame Leon for holding onto any sort of resentment after the incident. There are also lots of questions from NHL fans as to whether Pietrangelo should have even been in the lineup or if the league was too lenient on him.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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