EDMONTON, AB - MAY 22: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers is smashed into the boards by Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames during the third period in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on May 22, 2022 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

This is playoff hockey and tempers have been flaring. Edmonton was up 4-0 over Calgary in the 3rd period and it looks like Milan Lucic goes by the old hockey adage “down by 4 – start a war”, that’s exactly what happened.

For the hit, Lucic got a five-minute major for charging and a 10-minute game misconduct. This was in the third period, so he was done for the night. Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith left the game for concussion protocol, but returned to the game. Here’s another look at the hit.

It actually looks like he tried to pull up, but it was too late. If Lucic would have lowered his shoulder, he could have absolutely destroyed Mike Smith. And the penalty would have likely been the same. My take? No Canadian team has won the Stanley Cup since Montreal in 1993 so I see this “playoff game” as a mere exhibition anyway.  USA!

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EDMONTON, AB – MAY 22: Goaltender Mike Smith #41 of the Edmonton Oilers is smashed into the boards by Milan Lucic #17 of the Calgary Flames during the third period in Game Three of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on May 22, 2022 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)

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