Josh Morrissey has been suspended one game by the National Hockey League for his illegal cross-check on Eric Staal during Game 4 on Tuesday. In the video announcing the suspension, Morrissey's cross-check was called a "reckless strike to an opponent's neck with sufficient force to merit supplemental discipline".
The Wild and Jets face off at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday in Game 5.
The Minnesota Wild went back home down 2-0 in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series to the Winnipeg Jets, but they bounced back in impressive fashion with a 6-2 win in Game 3. Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau of Toronto, Ontario has every right to be furious that no penalty was given. "When you're on top of guys, it's easier to finish them".
"My take is it's the same take that everybody in the building saw it as the refs looked at it, and they decided not to call it because we were already on the power play", Boudreau said.
"We put more bathrooms, food stations, some of those things to accommodate more people and we're continually looking at ways to improve". How both referees missed that is unforgivable.
If Morrissey is suspended, the Jets will adjust as they have all season long when players miss time.
After gaining the lead, the Jets utilized a disciplined, kitty-bar-the-door defensive scheme that made it hard for the Wild to claim any space in the middle of the Winnipeg end. And the Wild should have been without Staal for a few minutes. "I'm the tallest guy on the ice and he cross-checked me in the neck".
The Wild answered for losing the first two games of this best-of-seven because Dubnyk atoned for his original sin.
After recovering from microdiskectomy surgery on his back that kept him out of the first 39 games, Parise found his stride down the stretch and tallied 12 goals and four assists in the last 19 games of the regular season.
But the Jets will have to accomplish that without rearguard Josh Morrissey.
Staal, the Wild's most effective player until the hit on Tuesday, was still fuming after the game.
So now on to Morrissey. We look at this as just an injury.
In a play that stirred up a lot of chatter on social media, Morrissey appeared to cross-check Staal in the face during a penalty kill in the first period.
And these realities have shaped Dubnyk's attitude, a mind-set that really crystallized as he began to settle into his role as the Wild's starter.
Says Wheeler, noting Morrissey's ability to erase chances and kick-start offence: "He's got the best stick on the team". "I've never been suspended in my life".
Does that sound in any way familiar?
"Somebody has got to suck it up", Boudreau said. "They were really good in the third period". But the reality is that it is an accepted form of checking an opposing forward in front of the net. And that's basically what Morrissey is arguing now.
Morrissey said the incident was an accident. He's not admitting that he didn't cross-check Staal. He fell to the ice and struggled to get up before heading for the bench. You're getting your opportunity. The relative ease of obtaining tickets in St. Paul also explains why so many Winnipeg fans routinely make the 750-kilometre drive south to the Minnesota capital.