Calgary Flames winger Andrew Mangiapane has been suspended one game for cross-checking Seattle Kraken forward Jared McCann.
The exchange came 8:24 into the first period of Saturday night’s game. With goaltender Philipp Grubauer out of position after making a save, McCann fell on a loose puck in the attacking zone. Mangiapane, hoping to recover the puck, cross-checked McCann, who was lying prone on the ice.
Referees Kevin Pollock and Trevor Hanson called a match penalty on the play for cross-checking with intent to injure, confirming the call via video review.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety has levied supplemental discipline with an additional one-game ban.
From the NHL:
As the video shows, Mangiapane attempts a shot on goal that is blocked by the sliding McCann. McCann ends up on the ice in front of Mangiapane with the puck under him With McCann on the ice, Mangiapane shoves McCann in the upper back and neck, which causes his head to strike the ice. This is cross-checking.
it is important to note that we accept Mangiapane’s contention that he does not intend to drive McCann’s head into the ice on this play.
In addition, we acknowledge that this is not a case in which a player uses the full extension of his arms or his body weight to strike and opponent or intentionally drive him violently into the ice. However, Mangiapane is in control throughout this sequence and makes the decision to deliver a reckless cross-check to a player lying vulnerable on the ice which causes McCann’s head to impact the ice.
Player Safety’s reference to a player using the ‘full extension of his arms or his body weight’ clearly points back to the suspension issued to Jamie Benn that saw him miss two playoff games for a far more violent and aggressive cross-check to the neck of Vegas Golden Knights’ Mark Stone.
Mangiapane had not previously been fined nor suspended by the league. He forfeits $30,208.33 as a result of the suspension.
The Calgary Flames won the game 6-4. Referees were Trevor Hanson (#14) and Kevin Pollock (#33), with linespersons Bevan Mills (#53) and Mitch Hunt (#62).