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Will Mathew Barzal be Suspended for this hit? (You be the Judge)

New York Islanders forward Mathew Barzal was handed a five-minute major and game misconduct for cross checking Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jan Rutta in the face at the end of the second period in Game 5.

Due to the point of contact will Barzal be facing just a $5000 fine or a potential suspension going into Game 6?

We will know soon enough as NHL Player Safety will review this incident and make the call sometime on Tuesday.

The Lightning skated to an 8-0 victory in Game 5 to take a 3-2 series lead.

The eight goals were the most allowed by the Islanders since an 8-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 1 of the 2020 Eastern Conference final.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
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