The cross check sent Friedman flying into the boards after he clinched the 7-3 win over the Flyers with an empty-net goal. It’s not the best look.
After a hearing on Wednesday, it was announced that the defenseman will be suspended for two games. This comes in the middle of the Tom Wilson fiasco, which I’m sure doesn’t need explaining any further than that.
Well, Gostisbehere doesn’t like the ruling.
“I completely disagree with it,” Gostisbehere said Thursday. ”I think they completely missed the mark. That’s pretty much it.”
In his own candid way, the 28-year-old blueliner made it clear that he is another voice that has been so opposed to everything the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is doing this season. While his bias is more than obvious, the inconsistency that department has shown over just the last seven days has oozed into a bigger conversation throughout the sport and its top league.
Unfortunately, it’s Gostisbehere yet again that has to get dealt a bad hand this season. A player that has jumped over hurdles and finally appeared to be somewhat confident in his own game the last few weeks on the ice.
This season hasn’t been easy though.
“Starting with COVID, getting waived, healthy scratched, now suspended — it’s definitely been a tough one, for sure,” Gostisbehere said. ”Personally, through all of it, I think I’ve played pretty well throughout the season. Ups and downs, but I think for myself, take ‘em and roll with them. Get knocked down, just get back up. There’s not much you can do but just worry about playing hockey.”
Chumbawamba reference aside, Gostisbehere has certainly rebounded this season compared to past years. With 9 goals and 20 points through 40 games, all while averaging almost 20 minutes a night, the two-time All Star has used this weird COVID-ridden season to bring some value back to his name.
Even if he is going to be missing two of the final three games of this horrendous regular season, he has at least brought his reputation out of the muck and can pencil in his own name on next year’s blue line.