Leon Draisaitl is Not Happy, and it Has to do With Alex Pietrangelo

Published May 15, 2023 at 8:58

The tradition of the NHL playoffs series concluding with a handshake line offers players a moment to cast aside their on-ice battles, honoring each other and the game they love.

Yet, this courtesy was noticeably absent from Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl, following their series defeat to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The video clip below captures Alex Pietrangelo of the Golden Knights, progressing down the line, offering handshakes and exchanging a few words with each of the Oilers. However, when he extends this courtesy to Draisaitl, the response is chillingly cold. The German forward briskly accepts the handshake but just as quickly withdraws his hand, all while deliberately avoiding eye contact with Pietrangelo.

This frosty interaction traces back to an incident in the closing minutes of game 4. Pietrangelo delivered a slash to Draisaitl as the latter was attempting a shot at an empty net. This led to a suspension sidelining Pietrangelo for game 5.

Looking ahead, the victorious Vegas will challenge the winner of the Seattle Kraken - Dallas Stars series. The deciding Game 7 is slated for tonight.
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Leon Draisaitl is Not Happy, and it Has to do With Alex Pietrangelo

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