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Darnell Nurse creates controversy by nearly injuring Sam Bennett in Game 4


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Marvin Azrak
June 16, 2024  (6:03 PM)
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Sam Bennett after being hit by Darnell Nurse
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Early in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, tensions flared when Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse delivered a controversial hit on Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett.

This incident quickly became a hot topic both on the ice and online. Known for his physical play, Nurse collided with Bennett in a way that seemed unintentional but serious, sending Bennett painfully crawling off the ice. Some spectators felt Bennett was exaggerating to draw a penalty.
Darnell Nurse gets 2 minutes for tripping

Sam Bennett has gone to the locker room

The officials discussed the hit and decided on a two-minute minor penalty for Nurse, sparking debate among fans and analysts.
A fairly dirty sequence from Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk lands Edmonton on a 2-man advantage

#TimeToHunt  | #LetsGoOilers 

Many took to social media, arguing that the penalty was too light for the severity of the hit.
Bennett was back 30 seconds later, shouldn't have been 2 either. Nurse is going for a shoulder hit, Bennet clearly dives out of the way. If your gonna avoid the hit make it so you don't put the knee in harms way.

Despite the uproar, the game pressed on, and the Oilers turned the situation to their advantage.
Shortly after the penalty, Mattias Janmark scored a crucial shorthanded goal, en route to an 8-1 win, keeping their season alive and forcing Game 5.
Mattias Janmark

First member of the Oilers with multiple shorthanded goals in a single postseason since Todd Marchant in 1997

lol Janmark actually shanked that shot wide of the open net, but it ended up hitting Barkov and bouncing back in.

The incident has ignited discussions about rule enforcement and player safety. As Game 5 looms, these decisions and their impact on the finalist fan engagement will be closely watched.
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