Sam Bennett Must Be Suspended For His Dirty Play On Matthew Knies

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In the second game of the second round in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Florida Panthers forward Sam Bennett would give some overly dirty play on Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Matthew Knies.

While it is debated if Sam Bennett ran Matthew Knies’s head into the board or the ice, one thing is for certain, Bennett punched Knies in the back of the head. With the NHL seemingly being super concerned about any sort of hits to the head, the Department of Player Safety absolutely must take action against this sort of contact.

If you are the Toronto Maple Leafs, you have to be frustrated, you are down 2-0 in the series, and the rookie that has provided you a ton of offense in the series is now injured. There was no call originally made on the play that should’ve been a two-minute minor at the minimum; if you’re Sheldon Keefe, you have to be upset with the refereeing during the playoffs.

As we hockey fans know, the Department of player safety loves to spin the wheel when it comes to handing out suspensions. There hasn’t been a more egregious officiating and supplemental discipline that has been handed out or happened in the league basically ever.

Ron MacLean, a sportscaster, would go out of his way to defend this play by Bennett, claiming that “every team needs a Sam Bennett in the playoffs.” This cannot be further from the truth; this is nearly supporting the intent to injure players who play in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. As a fan, consumer, and a person who has the privilege to share their thoughts on the game of hockey, this absolutely cannot be the message sent to the league and to fans.

After this play, where Knies had his head punched and slammed by Bennett, he would be ruled out of the rest of the game. This absolutely will not sit well with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and if the Department of Player Safety chooses to do nothing about it, the Leafs will avenge the possible loss of Matthew Knies. The Department of Player Safety absolutely must hand out, by minimum, a fine to Sam Bennett. However, the known track record of the Department of Player Safety, Sam Bennett, will be free from supplementary discipline.

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Conrad Jack

Conrad Jack is a lifelong hockey fan who is now actively writing for Inside The Rink covering primarily the Winnipeg Jets and the entire NHL second. He also covers the latest NHL News & Rumors, the NHL Entry Draft, and so much more for Inside The Rink.

4 thoughts on “Sam Bennett Must Be Suspended For His Dirty Play On Matthew Knies

  1. Canes fan here. Could not agree more. Bennett intended to injure, it was not a hockey play. Rough stuff picks up in poat season, but this wasn’t just rough stuff, it was a veteran trying to injure and take out a rookie.

    Bunting was rightfully suspended for his hit on Cernak. I can argue Cernak deserved it for the way he plays himself, but tge suspension was correct.

    Bennett’s hit on Knies was no different, he should be suspended for a similar duration.

  2. I am have been watching hockey for 32 years. Player safety has made inconsistent and negligent decisions for years. I feel bad for Knies whose career could have been ended. Bennett is guilty of intent to injure. I am not a Leafs fans but this is intent to injure even if I don’t like the team. I am considering boycotting hockey. I don’t know what I will do with my time but it’s better than supporting this buffoonery.

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