At 19:28 of the second period last night, Marcus Foligno was crushed into the boards by Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin.
After Foligno lay motionless on the ice, Dumoulin stopped and shrugged as if to say, “I didn’t mean to do that” and was given a two minute penalty for cross checking. Clearly shaken up, Foligno eventually got up and went to the Sabres dressing room.
Many were calling for a five minute major, game misconduct, or even a suspension. Dumoulin blatantly cross checked Foligno from behind, across the numbers, directly into the boards. Foligno was defenseless.
Dumoulin has no history with the Department of Player Safety.
Imagine if that was Gorges knocking Crosby into the boards. Would the call on the ice be the same?
While Foligno eventually came back to the bench about four minutes into the third period, it didn’t get easier for him. In the final seconds of the third period, he was drilled by a shot from Carl Hagelin in the lower leg.
“Yeah, I’ll be sore. Just a bunch of bumps and bruises,” Foligno said after the game.