Vancouver Canucks forward Micheal Ferland had a good game in his return to NHL action. Unfortunately, what will be remembered is a series that saw him spear Minnesota Wild forward Ryan Hartman off of the Wild bench during a scrum where cooler heads did not prevail.
Back in the old day, spears and pokes were often looked at as part of the game. Today, not so much. Word after the game was that Ferland’s spear would be looked at by the NHL, especially in light of the fact it wasn’t Hartman who was holding Ferland’s stick.
The NHL did look at it and on Monday; they fined Ferland $5,000.
Wild forward Luke Kunin was also fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct as he was holding Ferland’s stick while on the bench and not part of the play.
Canucks Will Have No Issue With Ferland’s Actions
Needless to say, the Canucks will probably pool together a few hundred bucks a piece and pay Ferland’s fine for him. While Vancouver lost, Ferland was perhaps the most aggressive player on the ice for the team, dropping the gloves in an early first period fight and showing his teammates he was here to play, despite not having suited up for the team in months.
The Canucks struggled to get any offense and big stars like Bo Horvat, Brock Boeser, and Elias Petterssen were largely ineffective. The team will need to have more energy if they hope to dig themselves out of an early hole against a defensively-frustrating team.
The Wild blanked the Canucks 3-0 to take an early 1-0 lead in a five-game play-in series.
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