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Oshie Won’t Have Hearing For Hit On Bennett In Capitals-Panthers Game 4



Capitals forward T.J. Oshie

T.J. Oshie will avoid supplemental discipline following a questionable hit on Sam Bennett in Game 4 between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers on Monday.

As Bennett and Oshie were going for the puck, Bennett appeared to turn into Oshie. Oshie then braced for the hit and moved his shoulder and elbow into Bennett. The Panthers forward’s stick then went back into his face, sending Bennett down to the ice.

There was no call on the play, and many were debating whether or not it counted as an illegal hit to the head. However, based on the replay, Oshie’s elbow remains down, and the head is not the main point of contact. Ultimately, it is Bennett’s stick that hits him in the face after he turned into Oshie for the check.

READ MORE ON WHN: Takeaways From Capitals’ Game 4 Loss To Panthers

That high hit left Bennett bloodied and also resulted in the Capitals taking a temporary 2-1 lead in the third period on an Evgeny Kuznetsov goal.

Postgame, Andrew Brunette shared his take on the play and was far from thrilled with how it turned out.

“I didn’t like it, I thought it was a hit to the head,” Brunette said.

Florida ultimately rallied to win 3-2 in overtime and even the series up at two. The now best-of-three first-round heads back to Sunrise for Game 5 on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, it’s good news for Washington, as Oshie has three goals and an assist so far and has been one of the Capitals’ biggest difference makers so far in this series.

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