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Avs Forward Knocks Out Opponent With Dirty Crosscheck

Published November 23, 2023 at 9:32
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Canucks Defenseman Friedman Leaves the Game After Dirty Cross Check to the Head

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During a recent Canucks vs. Avalanche game, a concerning incident occurred involving players Mark Friedman and Valeri Nichushkin.

In a clash near the net, Nichushkin delivered a dirty crosscheck to Friedman's head, resulting in Friedman suffering a bleeding forehead and having to leave for the locker room.


"Scary scenes in Colorado as Friedman and Nichushkin get tangled up and go down in front of the net

Friedman went to the locker room with blood on his forehead. Hope he will be okay 🙏 "


This incident has sparked significant debate among fans and officials. There was no immediate penalty called on the play, leading to questions about the adequacy of officiating and the potential need for further disciplinary action. The video evidence clearly shows Nichushkin's role in the injury.

"Defenceman Mark Friedman will not return to tonight's game."


"Clip missed from earlier: Val Nichushkin blatantly crosschecks Mark Friedman in the face and drives him to the ice. No penalty called. "


The hockey community is now looking towards the Department of Player's Safety for a response. The key question being raised is whether Nichushkin deserves a suspension for his actions in this incident.

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