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Mathew Barzal of the islanders expelled for cross-checking Jan Rutta

The New York Islanders had a lot of things wrong for them during Monday’s 8-0 defeat in Game 5 at the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Now, they’re facing the possibility of disciplinary action against star forward Mathew Barzal after being sent off for cross-checking Lightning defender Jan Rutta.

The score is 6-0 Lightning in the last seconds of the second period when Rutta and Barzal exchange words.

Barzal hit him in the chest with his stick and then in the face, knocking the defender onto the ice. The coach went out to check on him and Rutta eventually skated alone, but he didn’t go out for the third period.

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