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Maurice: Sasha Barkov ‘Feels Good’ after Draisaitl Hit to Head



Florida Panthers captain Sasha Barkov takes a high hit to the head from Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl on Monday night. // Screenshot SN

FORT LAUDERDALE — Paul Maurice was in a decidedly better mood a day after captain Sasha Barkov was knocked out of Monday’s Game 2 win against the Edmonton Oilers on a high elbow from Leon Draisaitl.

It certainly was not because of the weather.

Although Maurice did not offer much of an update on Barkov’s status, one thing we could glean from his off-day media availability is that Barkov is in concussion protocol.

When asked if Barkov could play in Game 3 on Thursday night — or even travel with the team to Edmonton on Wednesday afternoon — Maurice said everything but the words ‘concussion protocol.’

“He left [the game], he had some things that needed to be looked at today, so there’s nothing sinister there,’’ Maurice said.

“He kind of passed that, feels good. But you got to give it another 24 hours to make sure he is still feeling strong and affective. If he continues to progress, he would be a player for us.’’

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As for Draisaitl, he took a 2-minute roughing penalty for the elbow to Barkov’s head.

Evan Rodrigues scored on the ensuing power play to give Florida a 3-1 lead midway through the third and helped give the Panthers a 2-0 series lead.

The Panthers play the next two games in Edmonton.

Draisaitl is not expected to be suspended for Game 3 on Thursday night but could draw a modest fine.

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  • When: Thursday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Rogers Place; Edmonton, Alberta
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  • Series Schedule, All Games 8 p.m. on ABC — Game 1: @Florida 3, Edmonton 0; Game 2: @Florida 4, Edmonton 1; Game 3: Florida at Edmonton, Thursday; Game 4:Florida at Edmonton, Saturday June 15; Game 5*: Edmonton at Florida, Tuesday June 18; Game 6*:Florida at Edmonton, Friday June 21; Game 7*: Edmonton at Florida, Monday June 24. (*) – If Necessary
  • How They Got Here — Florida: d. Tampa Bay 4-1, Boston 4-2, New York Rangers 4-2; Edmonton: d. Los Angeles 4-1, Vancouver 4-3, Dallas 4-2.
  • This Season (Florida Won 2-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Panthers 5, Oilers 2 (Dec. 17).
  • Last Season: Edmonton Won 2-0
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Oilers lead 23-16-0, 3 ties
  • Postseason History: First Meeting

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Ed Purchase

The biggest sign the NHL won’t do anything is to look at They merely characterized it, in passing, as a ‘high hit’. No videos or replays of it, even in the articles that mention it. All the focus is on how the Oilers will respond. Gag me.


It is funny how Bennett’s head shot on Boston’s Marchand never comes up in the discussion.

Duke del Valle

Bob, if you were the dude wearing an Oilers jersey and helmet of all things at last night’s game — dressing like you’re on a medical hold isn’t a good look.

Go Cats.

Panther Paw

What hit? Where Marchad tried for the dirty hit and collided with Bennett’s hand? The hand that was.broken so Bennett would not injure himself further?

Kevin Hawkey

Oh how I pray with all my might that our team responds! We need to play the most physical game of the series in game 3. I want to see Bennett lighting some people up. I want clean, solid hits that make the Oilers regret getting to the Cup. Tuck these crybabies into their summer beds. That hit on Barkov was intentional and a result of Dry Saddle being neutered all night by Barkov’s skills. Dry Saddle was frustrated and turned a chance to get a check and left his feet, and sent his elbow into his face. Absolutely not… Read more »

Cory Brolund

Chucky is due a big game and I think that is coming Thursday

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