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Twitter Reacts to the Suspension of Evgeni Malkin



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The NHL Department of Player Safety spoke with Evgeni Malkin today and decided that the Penguins forward will be suspended one game for his actions in Monday night’s victory against the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1

Here is the official tweet from the NHL Department of Player Safety:

Malkin received a five-minute major, and a game misconduct after swinging his stick at Philadelphia forward Michael Raffl. The incident started with both forwards engaging each other in front of the Philadelphia bench. Raffl appeared to punch Malkin in the back of his head and tried to skate off. Malkin in retaliation swung his stick at Raffl. The stick did not make contact with Raffl’s head but grazed off his shoulder and nicked his helmet. Despite this, the intent was enough for the referees to end Malkin’s night early. Raffl laid on the ice clutching head which perhaps added another wrinkle to the decision to penalize Malkin.

Malkin was vocal after the game in his defense of being provoked but did not defend his actions.

“We had a battle. I think he played dirty. He smacked me behind my head,” said Malkin. “I didn’t try to hit his face and I know I wasn’t playing smart.”

Even Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan sounded off on the incident in his post-game comments. Sullivan seemed puzzled why Malkin received a game misconduct.

“On Geno’s part, it was reactionary. He was getting punched in the back of the head. It was a battle between the two of them, and I think it was reactionary,” said Sullivan. “I was a little surprised it was a match penalty  because the player didn’t get hurt on it and there wasn’t real significant contact.”

NHL fans took to social media today to voice their displeasure or approval of the decision:

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3 years ago

Not sure the twitter clown patrol is really worth an article. It’s easy to get sucked into thinking that fans on twitter are representative of the larger fanbase. They are not (only about 5-10% of the US population uses twitter). They’re just the loudmouths. Unfortunately, technology gave them a megaphone.

Dan Kingerski
3 years ago
Reply to  RobertU

It’s not a “serious” story. Think of it as getting to see Twitter reaction without having to deal with Twitter.