Oilers center Leon Draisaitl seemingly showed his frustration Tuesday with the Sharks up 5-0 in the second period.
Draisaitl shoved his stick between the legs of Sharks center Chris Tierney in a cringe-inducing spearing that led to Draisatl’s five-minute major penalty and ejection.
“Just feel a stick groin in my groin, so obviously it doesn’t feel well at the time,” Tierney said after the Sharks’ 7-0 win. “Just kind of dropped and went to shake it off. Takes a couple minutes to recover from something like that. But felt OK the rest of the game.”
It was a play hockey players hate seeing, said Logan Couture, who took his pain from a mouth injury out on the Oilers on Tuesday.
“I think it’s dangerous. Any time you spear a guy like that you’re intending to injure him,” Couture said. “I don’t like those types of plays in this game, but the refs made a good call with throwing him out.”
(Courture knows a thing or two about pain, by the way, as explored several times recently by Bay Area News Group columnist Mark Purdy.)
Leon Draisaitl’s spear on Chris Tierney. Draisaitl received a 5 minute major and a game misconduct #EDMvsSJS pic.twitter.com/F8TALGuoZf
— SiriusXM NHL Network (@SiriusXMNHL) April 19, 2017
Another look at Draisaitl’s spear on Tierney. Woof. pic.twitter.com/gqfxbBcn4U
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 19, 2017
Draisaitl’s actions induced boos from the crowd at SAP Center for the dirty play.
Draisaitl pitchforks Tierney and gets the boot. Unbelievably dirty.
— Curtis Pashelka (@CurtisPashelka) April 19, 2017
Big groan from SAP crowd when scoreboard replay showed Draisaitl speared Chris Tierney in the, um, confluence of the Guadalupe and Coyote.
— Mark Purdy (@MercPurdy) April 19, 2017