"Faked an injury" "Milked it to get the major": NHL fans irate as Eetu Luostarinen returns after Warren Foegele's game misconduct

NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers
NHL: Stanley Cup Final-Edmonton Oilers at Florida Panthers

NHL fans on the internet were furious with Eetu Luostarinen after he returned to the game following Warren Foegele's game-misconduct penalty in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Panthers and Oilers on Monday.

During the first period, the Oilers' Warren Foegele made leg-on-leg contact with the Panthers' Luoistarinen, leaving him down on the ice in severe pain.

Luostarinen left the ice for the locker room, and the referees hit Foegele with a 10-minute game misconduct penalty as a result of the play. The 25-year-old Panthers forward later returned to the ice to finish the shift.

Many fans on X (formerly Twitter) felt Luostarinen "faked" the seriousness of his injury.

One tweeted:

"Faked a injury I’m afraid."

Another fan chimed in and wrote:

"Milked it to get the major. Shocking."
"Flops like JFK and comes back. Florida has 0 class," one X user opined.

Here are some of the other top reactions on X:

"Milked it for all it’s worth. If he gets up it’s a 2 min minor. Instead he acts dead and gets 5," another wrote.
"Shocking. Truly shocking. Bouchard gets up so Bennett doesn’t get a major…. Super consistent," one X user commented.
"Didn’t like the hit. Wasn’t happy about the 5 but I wasn’t shocked I was however shocked when Luostarinen returned the shift after they killed the 5 minute penalty," another opined.

How has Eetu Luostarinen fared for the Panthers this season?

Luostarinen has mostly played on the third line along with Anton Lundell and Vladimir Tarasenko this season. The 25-year-old center was productive, finishing the regular season with 27 points through 12 goals and 15 assists in 82 games.

In the playoffs, Eetu Luostarinen has collected seven points through two goals and five assists.

Meanwhile, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the series after beating the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in Monday's contest at Amerant Bank Arena.

Both teams will make a long trip to Edmonton for Game 3 on Thursday.

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