Flames’ Gaudreau ‘feeling no significant effects’ from McAvoy hit

Watch as Charlie McAvoy takes a penalty for this hit on Johnny Gadreau after the play.

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau is “feeling no significant effects” of Wednesday night’s hit from Boston Bruins defenceman Charlie McAvoy, according to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis.

In addition, McAvoy will not face any discipline from the NHL for the hit.

Gaudreau left Wednesday night’s game mid-way through the third period after taking an unsuspecting hit from McAvoy following a failed break-away attempt on Tuukka Rask. McAvoy received a two-minute minor for interference, and the Flames forward played more than a minute of the ensuing power play before a concussion spotter removed Gaudreau from the contest.

Debate raged in the aftermath of the hit over whether or not McAvoy should receive supplemental discipline for the hit, especially in the wake of Mike Matheson‘s suspension for a body slam of Vancouver Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson last weekend.

However, it appears McAvoy will go unpunished, a decision that will sit a little better with Flames fans given the health of their diminutive star.


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