Oilers' Connor McDavid takes a contract to the face from Canucks' Carson Soucy at the end of Game 3 on May 12
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Zadorov drops accusations on the NHL following fines and suspension

Published May 14, 2024 at 1:34 PM

While the NHL decided to suspend Carson Soucy and fine Nikita Zadorov for an incident with Connor McDavid at the end of Game 3, you can count Zadorov as one person skeptical about the league's reasoning for discipline.

Zadorov was given a maximum fine of $5000 after shoving McDavid in the back at the conclusion of Game 3 in response to a McDavid slash. The Oilers forward was subsequently cross-checked in the face by Carson Soucy.

Big Z spoke to reporters on Tuesday and suggested that the NHL might be showing favouritism to its poster boy and that social media pressure from fans is really what drove the decision from Player Safety.

Unfortunately, that's the world we're living in... They have to protect their investment.

Several fans suggested that if the same cross-check happened to a lesser player on the Oilers, we'd unlikely see Soucy suspended.

Soucy was assessed a minor penalty on the play with no time left on the clock, and the decision to suspend him for a game was announced on Tuesday.

He said he wasn't trying to hurt McDavid or hit him in the face; it was just unfortunate timing.

He'll be eligible to return for the Canucks at home in Game 5.

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