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Lightning's Downie only fined for role in scrum

Posted on: December 12, 2011 3:16 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

The Lightning's Steve Downie managed to avoid a suspension for his role in a skirmish last week in a game against the Rangers where it appeared as though Downie illegally left the bench to take part. If that were the case, it would have been an automatic suspension.

Instead, Downie told the media on Monday that he was fined by the NHL, not suspended. While he didn't say how much he was fined, the largest possible fine he could receive is $2,500. It's likely that's what he was docked.

For a refresher on what happened, Artem Anisimov of the Rangers scored short-handed and then decided to celebrate by using his stick like a gun and firing at the Lightning net and Mathieu Garon. Here's the video.

The question with regards to Downie became was he on the ice because of a legal line change? Despite not technically being on the ice when the fight began, the league came to the conclusion that it was a legal line change and Downie had a right to be in the game. He was replacing the dinged up Brett Connolly.

Still, the way he was slow to get in the game then react suddenly and go flying across the rink to join the fracas didn't look too good for him, especially considering Downie's less-than stellar reputation.

"It's what I expected," Downie said. "It is what it is. You've got to respect the decision. It's not my call but I expect what he did and what he said."

Sure could have been a lot worse. Judging by past situations with guys hopping off the bench illegally, it was a possibility that Downie could face a severe suspension.

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Comments

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Lightning's Downie only fined for role in scrum

You realize that one player can skate on the ice as the player he is replacing is still on the ice?
That has nothing to do with him leaving the bench to get in a scrum.   If he had left the bench illegally the suspension was automatic.   The problem isn't the legality of what he did, it's that he did what he did.    He was sitting when they scored and he got up to jump in a scuffle that Vinny had started in reaction to Anisimov.   Downie has 2 suspensions under his belt and I doubt that he considered the legality of jumping in the scrum when he saw his captain in the fray.   It's about league image and marketability for me, the game has changed and this garbage has to stop imo.     I don't mind TB's reaction, but leaving the bench to fight, legally or illegally is ridiculous, and that rule is nothing new.
Furthermore, the league needs to heavily penalize players who fake-shoot opposing players
I agree, this is a separate issue though.   Wisniewski and Boynton got suspensions for gestures last season, and Simmonds was just highlighted for bad conduct.   I don't understand why there was no discipline or meeting about Anisimov's gesture.    I digress, this is about Downie.    He got off easy imo.  



Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Lightning's Downie only fined for role in scrum

You are obviously a casual hockey fan. You realize that one player can skate on the ice as the player he is replacing is still on the ice?  Even more, Connolly was taken to the ice on the slap shot to the legs and had clearly removed himself from the play. Were his legs not dead, he would have certainly hopped over the bench.  Downie is already on the ice when you can see from his facial expression that the goal had been scored. If I am Steve Downie, I kind of want my 2,500 back.  Furthermore, the league needs to heavily penalize players who fake-shoot opposing players so that the team that is "shot" does not have to take matters into their own hands and risk penalties and fines.




Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Lightning's Downie only fined for role in scrum

Yep, that's ridiculous.   Downie can leave the bench to get in a scrum and only get a fine of $2500.    What a joke.   This kind of stuff has to stop, it's what makes the NHL look like a circus.    Nothing like trying to explain to a casual hockey fan "why" Downie left the bench.   I think it's foolish not to hammer guys for this stuff.

Malone gets off the hook for his hit, and Downie gets a slap.   Hmmmmm, why would anybody think Yzerman had influence with his old buddy?


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