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.
Milan Lucic was given a five minute major along with a game misconduct for this incident.— ESPN (@espn) May 23, 2022
Mike Smith left the game for concussion protocol but quickly returned in the third period. pic.twitter.com/6Ym9mVemy8
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!