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Darnell Nurse Suspended One Game for Head-Butt on Philip Danault

Darnell Nurse could be facing a suspension now that he’s got a hearing with the NHL DoPS for his head-butt on Philip Danault.

** Update: Darnell Nurse was suspended for a game by the NHL DoPS. He will miss Game 6 of the series versus the Kings.

It was deemed that this was not an accidental collision. It was deemed an intentional play where Nurse turned, used his helmet and tried to drive it into the face of an opposing player.

Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse will have a hearing today for Head-butting Los Angeles’ Phillip Danault, writes the NHL Department of Player Safety in a tweet on Wednesday. The play came in Game 5 when the two were jostling in front of the Oilers’ net and while the play wasn’t assessed a penalty on the ice, it’s clear Nurse did head-butt Danault and many believe he could be given a suspension for the move.

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It was a poor decision by Nurse and it comes at an incredibly bad time as the Oilers are now down 3-2 in their first-round series with the Kings. Edmonton will have to travel to Los Angeles and could be eliminated if they don’t find a way to win one and bring the series back to Rogers Place in Edmonton.

Nurse is the team’s big minute guy –he played 26:23 on Tuesday — and if he’s out for Game 6, or heaven forbid even longer, that’s a huge loss for the Oilers who will need him in the lineup. There is a history of suspension for this type of play in the NHL and Nurse has been suspended once in his career for serving as the aggressor in a fight with then-San Jose Sharks defenceman Roman Polak in 2016.

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