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The verdict is for Soucy and Zadorov after cross-checks on McDavid

Published May 13, 2024 at 8:36

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Nikita Zadorov has been fined $5,000 — the maximum amount allowable under the current collective bargain agreement — for his cross-check to Edmonton Oilers' captain Connor McDavid at the end of the Canucks' 4-3 victory in Game 3.

Zadorov gave McDavid a healthy cross-check in behind the Canucks' goal as regulation expired before teammate Carson Soucy delivered a forceful blow to the head area of the Oilers' superstar. He will have a hearing on Monday as he awaits potential further discipline.

Zadorov was acquired earlier this season from the Calgary Flames. He's already scored four goals in nine playoff games despite scoring only six in 75 regular season games. Not typically known for his offensive talents but rather his bruising presence on the blue line, he has taken his offensive game to new heights as the Canucks make their deepest postseason run since 2020.

The Canucks took a thrilling first game at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sunday night, as Brock Boeser recorded two goals in what was initially thought to be a first-period natural hat-trick.

He, unlike Soucy, will not face a hearing for potential further discipline and, barring any sudden changes, will be in the Canucks' lineup for a critical Game 4 at Rogers Place on Tuesday night.

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The verdict is for Soucy and Zadorov after cross-checks on McDavid

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