The incident occurred within the third interval of the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s 5-4 win over the Panthers in Recreation 1 of the first-round collection on Sunday. Bennett delivered a forceful hit on Lightning ahead Blake Coleman into the boards. Bennett was assessed two minutes for charging on the play.
“From the second Bennett hits the faceoff dot, he sees nothing however Coleman’s numbers,” mentioned a narrator in a video revealed by the Division of Participant Security explaining the choice. “With ample time to make a greater determination, the onus is on Bennett to ship this hit in a authorized trend, keep away from it solely, or on the very least reduce its pressure. As a substitute, he drives immediately by means of Coleman’s again with velocity, driving him forcefully into the boards.”
Bennett has no prior historical past of self-discipline by the Division of Participant Security. He joined the Panthers on the commerce deadline from Calgary, and made a right away impression, scoring 15 factors (six targets, 9 assists) in 10 regular-season video games.
Coleman remained within the sport following the play, and the Lightning scored on the following energy play. Nevertheless, Lightning coach Jon Cooper nonetheless took umbrage, calling it a “predatory hit” after the sport.
“That was a troublesome one to look at,” Cooper mentioned. “I am simply completely happy that Coleman’s OK.”
Recreation 2 of the best-of-seven collection is Wednesday in Dawn, Florida.