| Brad May will miss the remainder of the Wild/Ducks series after a sucker punch on Kim Johnsson in Game Four. |
The only revenge the Minnesota Wild will be able to take against Brad May for his sucker punch on Kim Johnsson will be to win three straight games and eliminate the Anaheim Ducks from the playoffs. The Ducks forward was suspended three games by the National Hockey League on Wednesday night after receiving a match penalty for intent to injure Johnsson late in the third period of the Wild's 4-1 Game Four victory.
A replay of the incident was clear in a video obtained by a Wild employee from the Xcel Energy Center in-house camera. Though permission has not been given to show the play on Wild.com, it is clear what happened. Shortly after a scrum involving Adam Hall and two Ducks players -- Kent Huskins and Scott Thornton -- other players came to the scene. May immediately dropped his gloves, and the first Wild skater to come near him was Johnsson, who did not drop his gloves. May struck Johnsson in the face with one punch, and then pulled him up about a foot off the ice by the jersey before dropping him down.
The play incensed the Wild, which may be without its top defenseman. He did not fly to Anaheim on Wednesday to undergo tests. There is no immediate word on his long-term status, but he will not play Game Five in Anaheim.