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T.J. Oshie Forced Out of Blues Game Following Mike Rupp Headshot (GIF)

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Bad news for T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues. A team that is already without David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko might be without another top-six forward following tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild. Mike Rupp cut across towards an unsuspecting Oshie and made clear contact with the head.

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Rupp was given a match penalty for the hit and ejected from the contest. Oshie remained down for a considerable amount of time before getting up and skating off the ice under his own power.

It was then announced by the team that the Blues forward wouldn’t be returning to finish the contest.

Oshie is among St. Louis’ top players and has scored 60 points in 78 games for the squad while averaging more than 19 minutes a game. Rupp, on the other hand was playing in his first game since February 1 and averages six minutes a night for the Wild. With Brendan Shanahan stepping down as the NHL’s head disciplinarian today, this is the league’s first chance to get a suspension call right.

That won’t help the Blues though, who are now down three of their top players with the playoffs less than a week away. Also worth of note: this contest was a potential first-round matchup.

(h/t to @MyRegularFace for the GIF)

 

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