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Oilers star Warren Foegele is ejected from Stanley Cup Game 2 for brutally kneeing Panthers’ Eeta Luostarinen with a dirty hit that sparked a brawl.


Edmonton’s Warren Foegele was ejected during the Oilers’ Game 2 loss in the Stanley Cup Final on Monday for a knee-on-knee hit that injured Florida’s Eetu Luostarinen midway through the first period.

Foegele stuck his left foot into Luostarinen’s left leg and a scrum ensued as the Finnish forward lay on the ice receiving medical attention in the Panthers’ 4-1 win.

While he was down, Panthers center Anton Lundell and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov were seen throwing punches at several Oilers players before teammates restrained them.

Luostarinen ended up skating with the athletic trainers and immediately went down the tunnel.

Officials reviewed the hit and ruled it deserved a 5-minute major penalty and a game foul.

Panthers center Anton Lundell and defenseman Dmitry Kulikov had to be restrained after the foul

Edmonton’s Warren Foegele has been ejected from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals for a knee strike on the Panthers’ Eeta Luostarinen midway through the first period.

It was not immediately clear whether the NHL’s Department of Player Safety might consider additional discipline for Foegele.

Just 97 seconds later, Florida defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was penalized for tripping.

The Oilers scored their first goal of the series at 4-on-4 when Sweden’s Mattias Ekholm beat Sergey Bobrovsky in the five-hole on a freak rush.

Luostarinen returned to the ice a few minutes later.

Luostarinen was playing in just his second cup final game after missing last year’s series with a broken leg.

Foegele returned to the Oilers lineup Saturday night in the series opener after being a healthy scratch for the last three games of the Western Conference finals against Dallas.

Evan Rodrigues had two goals in the third period, Niko Mikkola and Aaron Ekblad also scored for the Panthers. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 18 shots for Florida, which was 1-8 all-time in Cup Final appearances prior to this streak — and is now two wins away from capturing its first championship.

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The win was costly for Florida, however, as the Panthers lost captain Aleksander Barkov when Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl lunged at him midway through the third period and hit him in the head.

Barkov stayed down for some time, needed help getting to the bench, and walked down the tunnel to Florida’s locker room for further evaluation.

Foegele received his marching orders two days after returning to the Oilers lineup on Saturday.

Foegele received his marching orders two days after returning to the Oilers lineup on Saturday.

Luostarinen was treated on the ice after the hit as he had to leave the game before returning

Luostarinen was treated on the ice after the hit as he had to leave the game before returning

Draisaitl only received a minor penalty for roughing the stoppage that knocked Barkov out of the game. Rodrigues got the tip-in goal to make it 3-1, the first power play score Edmonton has allowed in the last 34 times they’ve been down a man.

Mattias Ekholm scored and Stuart Skinner stopped 24 shots for the Oilers, who now have to make some serious history.

Edmonton has rallied from a 2-0 deficit just once in a best-of-seven series — against San Jose in the 2006 second round of the playoffs. And teams that start the Stanley Cup Final down 2-0 have come back to win just five times in the previous 54 situations.

The series continues with Game 3 in Edmonton on Thursday night



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