Well, there goes Connor McDavid’s chance at winning the Lady Byng Trophy.
McDavid was booted from Sunday night’s loss against the Los Angeles Kings for boarding Adrian Kempe. He was assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct, and, since there was under 10 minutes left in the third period, McDavid was automatically tossed from the game.
Here’s the hit…
connor mcdavid has been assessed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for this hit on adrian kempe. pic.twitter.com/UGcCF2IQhK
— zach laing (@zjlaing) December 6, 2021
The Kings were up by a score of 2-1 when McDavid was kicked out of the game and they then went ahead and scored three more goals on their five-minute power-play, ultimately leading to a 5-1 victory.
To me, the hit seemed worthy of a penalty, likely two minutes for roughing, but handing out a five-minute boarding major here seemed extreme. Let’s hope that this ends here and McDavid doesn’t wind up missing any time due to a suspension. Knowing the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, it’s impossible to guess what’ll happen.