Josh Morrissey suspended one game for cross-check on Staal

Josh Morrissey suspended one game for cross-check on Staal

The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 3-1. "You guys have been running it for a day and a half, pretty hard", Maurice told reporters at the Bell MTS Iceplex.

"So we would be aware of that, but the hockey part of that itself, most importantly, can't change".

Something that might not stay the same for the Jets is their defence.

The NHL suspended Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey one game for a "reckless" crosscheck to Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal's neck in Tuesday night's Game 4 win over the Wild.

It's possible that Morrissey will be suspended for Friday night's Game 5, which is a chance for the Jets to end the series.

At the time of the non-call in the first period, the Wild were on a 5-on-4 power play with the game scoreless.

Maurice made it clear he didn't expect any sanctions for the play which occurred with Minnesota already on a power play in the first period. Morrissey had an assist on Scheifele's goal and also helped thwart a Wild breakaway later in the game, and a red-faced coach Bruce Boudreau said afterward that Morrissey should have been ejected.

Staal told reporters a referee had apologized to him, but that meant nothing.

"We're battling in front of the net on the penalty kill, and I'm actually looking at the puck on the wall, trying to box him out", Morrissey said. "I'm not a dirty player".

"There's a penalty there, and very most you might look at a fine", he said. "I would never try to do that to anybody". There's a penalty. They missed it. "We'd look at this as just an injury".

Jets coach Paul Maurice said he had no doubts about Hellebuyck's ability to bounce back a game after being pulled and Hellebuyck was up to the task on Tuesday, making several key stops. Rookie Tucker Poolman took his spot in Tuesday's game.

Winnipeg was without defenceman Tyler Myers, who was injured in Game 3 after a collision with Minnesota's Marcus Foligno. Enstrom has been out with a lower-body injury since March 23 while Kulikov is rehabbing a back ailment he suffered March 8.

After news of the hearing came out, Maurice said he was not surprised to hear the NHL was seeking to speak with Morrissey, but didn't think the league should go any further than that.

"It's warranted", he said.

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