Calgary's Martin Pospisil ejected after dirty elbow vs. Jets

He was tossed out, while the Flames were officially eliminated from playoff contention.



Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov may have escaped punishment from the on-ice officials for his dirty hit during last night's game against the Montreal Canadiens, but the same can't be said for Calgary Flames forward Martin Pospisil during last night's game against the Winnipeg Jets. 

Pospisil caught Winnipeg Jets blue liner Josh Morrissey with a blatant elbow late in the 2nd period at Canada Life Centre, and earned his 3rd ejection from a game this season. 

Take a look at the hit below: 

It marks the 2nd time in just over a month that Pospisil has been tossed from a game, as he was ejected on March 5 for a hit from behind to Seattle Kraken defenseman Vince Dunn. Additionally, he was ejected on February 6 for a dirty cross-check to Boston Bruins Brad Marchand. 

"Obviously I don't love getting hit. I don't think anyone does. It's not so much not wanting to be hit, it's more trying to have the puck under control and not putting yourself in a position to get hit," said Morrissey after the game. "It is what it is. They upgraded it to a five and that's the ref's decision and we'll see if anything comes from it.

"I watched it after. In the moment I didn't feel like it was dirty, I guess. I felt like I got smoked and it's part of the game. When I watched it after he kind of extends the elbow. Thankfully he just grazed my chin and didn't make contact but obviously he's got a history and the elbow is probably the piece I feel is the reckless part of the hit. The league will look it. Obviously he's got a couple of suspensions so not the best to be losing money like that. We'll see what happens."

Pospisil is a repeat offender, and could be facing a stiff penalty from the National Hockey League Department of Player Safety after this latest incident. 

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Source: TSN