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Jacob Trouba avoids serious punishment after dangerous flying elbow


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Hunter Bowman
May 8, 2024  (11:49)
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NY Rangers captain Jacob Trouba trying to hit Martin Necas
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The intensity of the Carolina Hurricanes versus New York Rangers series reached a peak last night, and unfortunately, it wasn't all clean play.

As the teams battle it out in round two, physicality is expected, but there's a line that should never be crossed.
Playoff hockey is renowned for its intensity and speed, but intentionally injuring another player has no place in the game. However, with Trouba on the ice, that line seems to blur.
In a trademark move, Trouba made a high-speed charge toward Martin Necas, narrowly missing him with a dangerous elbow. Thankfully, Necas escaped unscathed, but the potential for serious injury was there.
According to NHL rules, a match penalty is warranted for deliberate attempts to injure opponents, regardless of the outcome. It's defined by intent, not just the result.
Per NHL rules: 'A match penalty shall be imposed on any player who deliberately attempts to injure or who deliberately injures an opponent in any manner.'

Not a minor or major. A match penalty. It's actually DEFINED by INTENT, not outcome.

Given Trouba's history and the nature of the play, many agree with Kovacevic's assessment. Trouba may have dodged a major penalty this time, but the league should take a closer look at plays like these to maintain player safety and integrity in the game.
Source: Bladeofsteel
Jacob Trouba tries to intentionally injure Martin Necas with elbow
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Jacob Trouba avoids serious punishment after dangerous flying elbow

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