For Connor McDavid it was, in a way, like being hit headfirst into the boards from behind, getting suckered by a vicious elbow to the head intended to injure, and driven into the ice away from the play.He didn’t see it coming when George Parros and the Department of Player Safety invited him to join them on the phone for hearing resulting from his minor penalty, his 87th and 88th minutes of sin-bin time in his career in Thursday’s game against the New York Islanders.“I have to be honest. I didn’t think I would be suspended at all going into the hearing.“But after hearing the tone of voice I had a sense that it was going to go that way,” he said of the suspension that took him out of the line-up against the Ducks and will leave him out yet again Monday in Nashville.“I wasn’t expecting to be suspended but after hearing the tone of the hearing I wasn’t surprised. I know they listen to you but I’m not sure they care.”McDavid had just come off the ice with the rest of the players not in the lineup for the Saturday Hockey Night In Canada game against the Anaheim Ducks.He was answering questions with his usual economy of words. But the questions kept coming and the answers kept coming.When combined with comments made from both CEO Bob Nicholson and coach Ken Hitchcock, they combined to complete a picture that ranged from disappointment to outrage that exists in Edmonton.McDavid, despite his history of turning the other cheek and playing on was hit with a two game suspension and loss of salary that translated into a $134,408.60 fine for an unintentional shoulder check to what turned out to be the head of Nick Leddy.To the league, it was an open and shut case. Hit to the head. Two games.Radko Gudas of the Philadelphia Flyers intentionally whacked two different players on the head with his hockey stick.Two games. Two games.Connor McDavid, with no intent and no history, was served with a two-minute minor on a play in which the player returns to the game. No harm? No foul? No chance.Two games.To McDavid and the Oilers it wasn’t justice.But justice was never even in play here.“I thought I made some good points but I think a lot of times they go in and they already have their mind made up. They don’t really care what you have to say.“It wasn’t like it was some sort of insane blow someone up sort of play. It was my first time ever even having a questionable thing that I’ve done on the ice.”But he said clearly none of that came into play.“Just hearing the way they were talking about it and the way they explained it. The way I understand the rule now it is just two games, a no questions asked type of rule.”McDavid explained his point of view.“There were a lot of different elements to it. One was I was on the back check. I stopped skating at the red line, which probably wasn’t good for the back check. Hitch showed on the video that I was moving so slow,” he laughed, interrupting his own commentary.“Obviously, there was a drop pass to my guy. He bobbled the puck for a second. I go to close on him to make a play on the puck. He kind of shovels it to get rid of it. At that time we’re going to run into each other either way. I braced myself. Obviously he got the worst of it. He was in the more uncomfortable position.“If the roles were reversed, I’m going to extend myself. Then he goes through me and maybe I have a separated shoulder or a head injury. If I’m going to pick which guy I’m going to protect, I’m going to protect myself.”Oilers Entertainment Group CEO and Vice Chair Bob Nicholson issued a statement Friday afternoon following the verdict. Saturday he made himself available to the media while McDavid and the Oilers were on the ice.“We’re really disappointed with the NHL’s decision. This is a first-time offence for Connor.“I thought Connor did a very good job of explaining of what he was doing before there was contact with Leddy.“We’ve watched it a lot, frame by frame. Look at Connor’s stats. He strips pucks. That was his intent going in. He realized he wasn’t going to get to that. He became small and he even lifted his inside leg up so there wouldn’t be real hard contact. I thought he did everything possible. But he was trying to get the puck.“When I look at the video, I thought the contact started at the chest and that there was a deflection into the head but it was a slight deflection into the head. I thought that the key contact was to the chest and slid to the lower part of the head.”Hitchcock filled this column with quotes on the subject of the abuse McDavid was being subjected to returning from Los Angeles and Anaheim where he was the victim of two un-penalized transgressions in back-to-back games.Saturday he said it in far fewer words.“The stuff I said before, I’m even more convinced about now. I feel strongly about it.”E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOn Twitter: @ByTerryJonesOil Spills podcast: Trade deadline approaches with Edmonton Oilers in sell modeThe Edmonton Oilers are indeed sellers for the 2019 NHL trade deadline coming up on Feb. 25. 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