Dallas Stars forward Corey Perry was ejected just two minutes and 44 seconds into the 2020 NHL Winter Classic, making him unofficially the player with the shortest ice time recorded in the annual New Year's Day game. The NHL's department of player safety announced he will have a hearing on Friday.
Perry delivered an elbow to the head of Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis, ending his afternoon way earlier than expected. Nashville went on to score two goals during the power play, one with a five-on-three advantage following a delay of game penalty.
Corey Perry gets thrown out of the Winter Classic for elbowing Ryan Ellis pic.twitter.com/0yeegUxh41
— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 1, 2020
Perry's hit and subsequent ejection — which resulted in him having to walk all the way back to the locker rooms at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas — paved the way for an intense and physical first period, with 27 hits total delivered between the Stars and Predators. Stars forward Blake Comeau also left the game after he was hit in open ice by Nashville's Austin Watson.
Corey Perry's Walk Of Shame after being ejected a few minutes into the Winter Classic. pic.twitter.com/E6dIr1VlVV
— Ben Mathewson (@Ben_Mathewson) January 1, 2020
The history between the two opponents goes way back, but you don't need to look far to see the reason these teams don't like one another. Dallas knocked Nashville out of the playoffs last season in a six-game first-round matchup in an upset — the Predators were last season's Central Division champions and held home-ice advantage. The Stars won the rivalries first meeting between the two in 2019-20 in Nashville, 4-1 on Dec. 14.
Perry's game misconduct is the first penalty of its kind handed out in Winter Classic history .