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Oilers D Darnell Nurse suspended for Game 5, coach fined $10K

May 10, 2023; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN;  Edmonton Oilers defensemen Darnell Nurse (25) and Vegas Golden Knights defensemen Nicolas Hague (14) fight during the third period in game four of the second round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse received an automatic one-game suspension Thursday for instigating a fight during the final five minutes of regulation in Wednesday’s Game 4 of the Western Conference second-round series versus the Vegas Golden Knights.

Nurse’s bout with Golden Knights defenseman Nicolas Hague also resulted in a $10,000 fine for Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft.

Per Rule 46.21 in the NHL rulebook, “a player who is deemed to be the instigator of an altercation in the final 5 minutes shall be suspended for 1 game, pending a review of the incident. When the suspension is imposed, the Coach shall be fined $10,000.”

Nurse was assessed a minor penalty for instigating, a major penalty for fighting and a 10-minute misconduct with 50 seconds remaining of the third period in Edmonton’s 4-1 victory. The Oilers evened the best-of-seven series at two wins apiece heading into Friday’s Game 5 in Las Vegas.

Nurse, 28, has recorded four assists in 10 playoff games this spring.

Philip Broberg, who was a healthy scratch on Wednesday, may draw back into the lineup in place of Nurse.

–Field Level Media

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