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Oilers’ Chiasson Suspended One Game for Cross-Check After Leafs Game

Alex Chiasson could be looking at a suspension for a cross-check following Monday’s game against the Maple Leafs.

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Update: Alex Chiasson has been suspended one game for his cross-check on Jimmy Vesey. The NHL created a video explaining their ruling, noting that the play was a legitimate cross-check that took place after the game had ended and it was not a hockey play.

You can see it below:

Edmonton Oilers forward Alex Chiasson will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety after a cross-check to the face of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jimmy Vesey. The hit being examined took place after the Oilers lost 3-0 on Monday night and as the Oilers players were frustrated, not only with a sequence at the end of the game but with their own inability to score in two consecutive contests versus Toronto.

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The television feed from Monday’s game didn’t catch the infraction, but other video of the hit has surfaced. The Leafs were apparently livid with Chiasson’s actions and convinced the officials to take a look at the replay following the final whistle of the game. After reviewing the play, Chiasson was issued a five-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct for the hit.

The DOPS has noted Chiasson has a hearing scheduled for today and it could result in a suspension for the forward. It would mean he would not be available for the game on Wednesday versus the Leafs, a game expected to include a lot more physicality.

Chiasson Has Been a Polarizing Player for the Oilers

Typically not known for these kinds of plays, Chiasson hasn’t been afraid to mix it up and get in the grill of other players. He’s not quite a pest, but he’s got pest tendencies.

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He’s also a bit polarizing for Oilers fans as he’s streaky but also effective on the power play. He’s overpaid for what he offers consistently, but the coaching staff seem to like him and he’s rarely a scratch even though he’s a bottom-six player who can go games without a point.

Should he sit, another, even more polarizing player in James Neal might be called back into action.

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