Soucy Faces Suspension For Cross-Check to McDavid's Face

A vicious double-cross-check to Connor McDavid after the final buzzer of the Edmonton Oilers' 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks will not go unpunished. Reports have emerged that Carson Soucy will face an NHL Player Safety hearing for his reckless cross-check to the face of the Oilers' superstar. In addition, Nikita Zadorov receives a $5,000 fine for his part in the ruckus. 

In a scrum behind the net after a frantic Oilers scramble to try to tie the game, McDavid slashed Soucy on the leg, which prompted the Canucks defenceman to nail McDavid right in the face with his stick, just a fraction of a second after he was also cross-checked in the back by Soucy's teammate Zadorov. Call it a McCross-check Sandwich, if you will.

Soucy received a penalty for cross-checking, but a suspension is being called for by veteran hockey observers:

Daily Faceoff's Frank Seravalli says if the NHL doesn't crackdown with a suspension, a "free-for-all" could result in the next game. TSN's Craig Button says, "There NEEDS to be a suspension!... Not a hockey play. If the Department of Player Safety does not suspend Carson Soucy, they have failed in doing their job in applying supplemental discipline. No other decision is acceptable."

Paul Bissonnette, on TNT, called it "pretty nasty." 

We shall see how the Oilers respond, and whether or not Soucy will be available when Game 4 hits on Tuesday night in Edmonton.