Last night’s battle between the Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche didn’t send sparks through the hockey world by their offensive prowess, but it was a post-whistle skirmish that caused some ripples after the game.
During the final frame, Wild forward Brandon Duhaime went hard into the boards and cross-checked the hell out of young blueliner Bowen Byram, sending him face-first into the barrier. It was simply a very bad and dangerous play — so Duhaime received a five-minute major penalty. But Avs star Nathan MacKinnon wants more.
“I thought that that was a very dirty play. I think he should get suspended,” he said following the Avalanche’s 4-1 victory on Saturday, according to The Athletic’s Peter Baugh.
MacKinnon was clearly heated on the ice as well, as after the hit, he then dropped the gloves with Duhaime for a brief throw of punches.
According to Michael Russo, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety will not be taking any further action against the 24-year-old Wild winger, certainly deeming the in-game penalty as enough punishment for putting Byram in a very unfortunate position.
The two clubs will face one another again on Jan. 17, so they don’t have to wait too long to revisit the heated rivalry.