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Connor McDavid was kicked out for this hit on Adrian Kempe

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…

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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.