In case you missed it, Jordan Nolan was given a double minor for roughing in the waning moments of the second period of last night’s game with the Edmonton Oilers.
Following a scrum in front of the Edmonton net, Nolan wound up and popped Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu in the face, knocking the Finnish born forward to the ice.
Video of the incident from cbc.ca:
The incident will no doubt be looked at by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety and a decision made regarding any supplemental discipline.
Personally, although the punch was thrown with a glove on after the scrum had been calmed down, I don’t foresee a suspension of any sort. Perhaps a fine to get him on the record as an offender for future reference, but it shouldn’t cost the rugged forward any games.
It is, however, an example of the Kings’ ability to stand up for themselves and each other, and to show that they won’t be pushed around. It is that kind of pack mentality that is going to get them traction in the playoffs.
By the way, this isn’t the first incident between Nolan and the Oilers. Here is some video from just over a year ago, for your viewing enjoyment.