The season is lost. For the Oilers, all that remains is to see where they end up at the bottom of the standings table.
There’s also this little thing called pride. Pride in the jersey, pride for your teammates and the fans. Oilers fans were understandably upset just a couple of games ago when no Oiler really stood up for Matt Benning against the Sharks. Tonight, that was not how this was going to play out, thanks to Juhjar Khaira.
Cal Clutterbuck made a real strange play at the Oilers bench at the 13:29 minute mark of the first period of tonight’s game against the Islanders.
The moronic play that led to Clutterbuck meeting one of the toughest guys in the league. pic.twitter.com/7kOAbhgdgz
— Thee Nation Dan – In shorts #Sacrificefor500 (@TheNationDan) March 9, 2018
For what seems like no real reason, he cross checks Iiro Pakarinen who was just heading off for a line change. Clutterbuck got his two minutes, but McClellan and the Oilers clearly thought there should have been more. I mean, he did break his twig on Iiro’s body.
Just under five minutes later, Clutterbuck found himself on the ice with Jujhar. It looked like Clutterbuck was heading off for a “convenient” line change when he was met by Jujhar and agrees to answer the bell for his stupid play.
JJ leaves the face-off dot to his winger Kassian, while he lines up with Clutterbuck. The two guys square off, and away we go. Khaira has the arm span advantage, and he uses it. Other than an initial jab from Clutterbuck, Jujhar has this one from start to finish (Even when Clutterbuck is trying to punch up from the ice in full guard under JJ). Total domination and you have to love the response of the young man protecting his teammates, letting another team know that you can’t just come in and push the Oilers around.
Source: Hockey Fights, Twitter Account, 3/8/2018 – 8:30 pm MST