Cag­giula sus­pended 1 game

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY BEN POPE, STAFF RE­PORTER bpope@sun­times.com | @BenPopeCST

The Black­hawks will be with­out Drake Cag­giula, one of the pre­sumed X-fac­tors in their se­ries against the Oil­ers, for Game 2 on Mon­day.

The NHL Depart­ment of Player Safety an­nounced Sun­day that Cag­giula will be sus­pended for one game be­cause of an il­le­gal check to the head of Tyler En­nis dur­ing Game 1 on Satur­day.

En­nis was car­ry­ing the puck out of his de­fen­sive zone and had just re­leased it from his stick when Cag­giula’s shoul­der caught En­nis’ head, caus­ing the Oil­ers for­ward to spin out.

No penalty was called on Cag­giula, but En­nis was called for de­lay of game be­cause he sailed the puck over the glass. Still, the in­ci­dent looked likely to draw at least dis­ci­plinary re­view.

“[Cag­giula is] a 200-foot player and hits a lot of bod­ies and finds a way to cre­ate some chances and get some mo­men­tum for us,”

Dy­lan Strome said Sun­day shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment. “We have a lot of depth here, so hope­fully it doesn’t take too much wind out of our sails. But he’s a great player, so it’ll be tough to be with­out him for a game.”

En­nis en­dured a rough af­ter­noon. He left the game later af­ter his hand was in­ad­ver­tently cut by Kirby Dach’s skate. But En­nis prac­ticed Mon­day, and Oil­ers coach Dave Tip­pett said he was fine.

Cag­giula had an oth­er­wise un­event­ful play­off de­but for the Hawks, de­spite sig­nif­i­cant an­tic­i­pa­tion for his re­match against his for­mer Oil­ers team. He was held with­out a point or shot on goal in 11:25 of ice time.

“I feel bad for ‘Jules,’ ” coach Jeremy Col­li­ton said. “It was just kind of a bang-bang play. He went hard and I don’t think he was try­ing to catch him in the head, but he did. The NHL made the de­ci­sion, and of course we wish we had him in the lineup but we won’t.”

Col­li­ton said he hasn’t de­ter­mined which for­ward will slide into the Game 2 lineup in Cag­giula’s stead. Dy­lan Sikura, who was the ex­tra for­ward dressed for the ex­hi­bi­tion game against the Blues, is the most likely op­tion.

JA­SON FRANSON/AP

Drake Cag­giula’s shoul­der caught the head of Tyler En­nis (not pic­tured) on Satur­day.

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