NHL chief disciplinarian Stephane Quintal and the rest of the NHL department of player safety will have a busy Tuesday after a pair of questionable incidents and ejections took place Monday night in the same game between the Rangers and Wild.
The first took place late in the first period, when Rangers winger Chris Kreider drilled Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin into the end boards with a hit from behind that left Brodin in a heap on the ice:
Kreider received a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct; Brodin had to be helped off, but returned to play in the second period. However, the nastiness only got worse from there, because for some inexplicable reason midway through the second, Blueshirts defenseman John Moore decided to throw an elbow at the head of Wild center Erik Haula:
Kreider has a history of borderline hits, but from this vantage point, Moore's hit was significantly worse that Kreider's. Haula had just finished shooting the puck when Moore hit him in a particularly vulnerable position and targeted his head with his elbow. Haula also didn't return to the game, and neither did Moore, who was also ejected.
Given that Moore was suspended for two games in the playoffs for a similarly blatant and egregious hit to the head, he is deserving of at least that much this time around.