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After a disastrous night for the Dallas Stars on Tuesday, the Western Conference Finals team will be forced to play Thursday’s potential elimination game without their captain, Jamie Benn.
Benn has been suspended by the league for cross-checking Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone in an apparent fit of rage on Tuesday.
In a move that OutKick’s Matt Reigle called one of the most egregious penalties committed by a captain, Benn took a hockey stick to Stone’s face in the first period. Benn was promptly booted for the offense.
Sticks And Stone Lead To 2-Game Suspension For Dallas Cap Jamie Benn
The Stars player alleged that he brought the stick down on Stone to break his fall after the two got tangled up.
It was a creative spin regarding what actually happened, as Benn looked outright frustrated before retaliating against Stone.
“The game happens fast,” Jamie Benn said on Wednesday regarding the incident. “Emotions are high. Obviously, I would have liked to not fall on him and I guess use my stick as a landing point.”
The Knights used their early momentum to rout Dallas with a 4-0 shutout. Even if Benn hit Stone on accident, the cap’s absence proved critical for the Stars as Dallas slid to a 0-3 series deficit.
If there were ever a time for Dallas to get back in the series, it would’ve been with a win on Tuesday.
Should Dallas have it in their lucky stars to win the next two games, Benn could return for a potential Game 6 at American Airlines Center on Monday (May 29).
If Vegas gets the job done on Thursday with a series sweep, Benn will be forced to serve his second suspension at the start of next year’s regular season.
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