No suspension coming for Warren Foegele after hit on T.J. Oshie

Chris Lingebach
April 19, 2019 - 1:52 pm
Caps-Hurricanes: T.J. Oshie leaves Game 4 with injury

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Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele will not face further disciplinary action from the NHL for his hit that knocked T.J. Oshie out of Game 4 Thursday night.

No suspension. No hearing with the league. Nothing, but the two-minute minor he was assessed during the game for boarding.

Oshie did not return to the game after getting checked into the boards by Foegele with just over five minutes to go in the third period.

Capitals coach Todd Reirden was crestfallen after the game, reiterating over and over to reporters that Oshie would miss significant time from the undisclosed injury.

"I just know that a defenseless player that's a distance from the boards, that can't protect himself, is in a vulnerable spot," Reirden said. "As a result, we won't be having a player – one of our key players – for quite some time."

Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour took a sizably different tact, saying, "You don't like to see that, but I think more than anything he was just not ready for the hit. You see a lot of hits that are way, way worse than that. I think he just went in awkward. I don't know the extent of the injury or whatever, but he barely hit him, I thought, really. He gave him a little shove, but it certainly wasn't what you've been seeing out here."

The first-round playoff series, which is tied 2-2 after Carolina's 2-1 win Thursday, has grown extremely heated.

The powder keg combusted in Game 3 when 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov took on 33-year-old Alex Ovechkin in a fight. Ovechkin swiftly knocked Svechnikov unconscious on the ice. Svechnikov did not return to the game, and after a brief hospital visit, entered concussion protocol. He has not returned the lineup since.

One has to figure the pressure will only continue to ratchet up after the loss of  Oshie, who Reirden said Friday is out "indefinitely." The Caps have since recalled last year's playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly from Hershey. He is expected to be in the lineup for Game 5 Saturday.

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