WATCH: Devils’ defenceman Brendan Smith SLASHES Travis Konecny with hockey stick during brawl, receives two-game suspension
Brendan Smith has been suspended for two games following his slashing on Travis Konecny during the Devils-Flyers game.
Brendan Smith (L) and Travis Konecny (R) [Pic Credit: Sportsnet)
The icy arenas of the National Hockey League (NHL) got heated again during the recent game between the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. In this game, tempers boiled over again as defenceman Brendan Smith and Travis Konecny got into a battle. An enraged Smith would attack his opponent by slashing his hockey stick at Konecny.
This incident took place in the final few minutes of the game as the action rolled into the third period. The two players were seen pushing each other before this. After Konecny attempted a high cross-check on Smith. The Devils defenceman was in no mood to play games and decided to take matters into his own hands.
As the players made their way to the side, Konecny was the one who initiated the fight. However, Smith would retaliate and swing his stick dangerously at his opponent. He was assessed a minor penalty for slashing. Check out the incident between these two sporting stars going viral on X below:
The NHL Department of Player Safety later announced that he will now be suspended for the next two games. This action from the department saw several fans and experts voice their frustration, as recently New York Rangers captain Jacob Trouba did not receive any suspension for a similar action.
Travis Konecny fined $5,000 for cross-checking Brendan Smith
In any NHL fight, there are always two or more players involved. In this brawl between the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers, a brawl broke out between Travis Konecny and Brendan Smith that saw both players attack each other. While Smith got a suspension of two games for his action, Konecny did not go unpenalized.
The Flyers forward was the one who started this brawl while attempting to cross-check Smith. The NHLPA after review fined him $5,000 as a fine for his actions in this development. This is the maximum allowed fine under the CBA.
This was, however, not the only fight in this match. Luke Hughes would exit the game early following a collision with Garnet Hathaway in the first period. He would go crashing hard into the boards resulting in concussion protocol and was allowed to return in the second period.
This high-tension game would later go into overtime as both teams finished 3-3 after the three periods. Hughes would turn the hero in OT as he scored twenty-eight seconds into this period to give his side a 4-3 victory.
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