"Garbage, should be 5 and a game" "Bennett selling it like a king": Fans divided after Darnell Nurse hit on Sam Bennett gets called as 2-min minor

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars
Darnell Nurse scored in Edmonton Oilers to 8-1 victory over Florida Panthers

Darnell Nurse and the Edmonton Oilers dominated Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Florida Panthers 8-1 in their first win of the series. The game started with controversy, as Darnell Nurse was penalized for tripping Sam Bennett, giving the Panthers an early power play.

The hit on Bennett's leg was reviewed for a five-minute major and resulted in only a two-minute minor. Despite the Panthers' power play, Edmonton scored first. Darnell Nurse scored his first goal of the playoffs by adding a fifth goal for Edmonton, prompting the Panthers to replace Bobrovsky, who had allowed five goals on 17 shots.

Edmonton continued their relentless attack with goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Dylan Holloway, and Ryan McLeod. This helped the Edmonton in securing their decisive 8-1 win against the Panthers. Amid the action, the decision to penalize Nurse for only two minutes for the hit on Bennett generated significant discussion online. NHL insider Elliotte Friedman confirmed the minor penalty on X:

The decision to issue only a two-minute minor penalty instead of a five-minute major drew mixed reactions from fans:

"Bennett selling it like a king," one fan wrote.
"Garbage. Should be 5 and a game," one fan commented.
"Gotta do everything they can to give the Oilers a shot," one fan tweeted.

The comments continued, with some thinking the occasion played a part in the decision:

"Shocker. They're not gonna call a major unless they have to, with the Cup on the line tonight." one X user commented.
"Oilers loss. Means Nurse can still hurt them on defense," the other fan wrote.
"Definitely should've been 5, but it's more punishment for Edmonton if he plays," one fan wrote.

Darnell Nurse and the Oilers start a comeback

The Edmonton Oilers extended the Stanley Cup finals, avoiding a sweep by defeating the Florida Panthers 8-1 in Game 4. Connor McDavid scored his first goal of the series and contributed four points in the win, while Stuart Skinner made 32 saves after conceding 3 goals in the second period of Game 2.

Florida fans were confident about the sweep but the luck was finally on Edmonton's side. Mattias Janmark and Dylan Holloway scored goals for the Oilers.

Florida's goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky, was pulled after allowing five goals while McDavid broke Wayne Gretzky's record for most assists in a single postseason. The Oilers' confidence is high as they head to Florida for Game 5.

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