The incident occurred late in the first period of Tuesday night's game, with the Oilers already trailing 3-0. After Kotkaniemi passed the puck in the neutral zone, McDavid finished his check on the Canadiens forward with a high hit in the open ice. He was given a two-minute roughing penalty for the hit and Kotkaniemi remained in the game.
McDavid has been disciplined in the past. In February 2019, he was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head on New York Islanders defenceman Nick Leddy.
The Oilers return to the ice Friday against the Calgary Flames.