Ducks defender Pavel Mintyukov hits the boards hard after receiving a hard check from Bobby McMann
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Sheldon Keefe airs his displeasure with the officiating in last night's 2-1 win over Anaheim

Published January 4, 2024 at 11:44

At the 6:37 mark of the second period during their game against the Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bobby McMann was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for boarding Ducks defenseman Pavel Mintyukov.

Mintyukov was dumping the puck into the Leafs' zone as McMann was attempting to finish his check in what should have been a routine hit. The dump-in forced Mintyukov to turn at the last second which caused McMann to hit him more on the back of the shoulder, which sent Mintyukov into the boards face-first. McMann was immediately challenged by former Leaf Ilya Lyubushkin in what was a short fight.

Both players were assessed majors for fighting while Lyubushkin got an extra 2 minutes for instigating and an additional 10-minute misconduct. It was only after a lengthy review of the hit that McMann was slapped with a 5-minute major for boarding and McMann was also issued a game misconduct.

Following the game, Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe was asked about the hit and major that McMann had received. Keefe did not like the call and felt as though McMann was unfairly ejected for what should have been a routine play had Mintyukov protected himself as he should have.

"There is no intent there. Bobby is just finishing his check. It is a quick play. Their guy is dumping the puck in and kind of turns at the same time. It makes it a little bit harder for him. Regardless, we need Bobby to keep playing hard and doing his job there. He has been really good for us."

Thus far, here has been no word from the NHL Department of Player Safety as to whether or not McMann will face supplemental discipline. In 15 games with the Leafs so far this season, McMann has 1 goal, 4 points, 21 hits and has averaged 9:16 of ice-time per game.

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Sheldon Keefe airs his displeasure with the officiating in last night's 2-1 win over Anaheim

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