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Rene Bourque suspended 5 games

Posted on: January 4, 2012 7:28 pm

By: Adam Gretz

For the second time this season Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque has been suspended by the NHL, and this time it's for his elbow to the head of Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom during the third period of Washington's 3-1 win on Tuesday night.

He had a disciplinary hearing early on Wednesday, and later in the day it was announced by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan that Bourque will miss Calgary's next five games. He was banished earlier in the season for two games for boarding Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook.

Said Shanahan, "Backstrom is carrying the puck up the middle of the ice as Bourque pivots and pursues Backstrom, Backstrom makes a pass to Mike Knuble on his right. Bourque continues his path and throws an elbow, making principal of contact with Backstrom's jaw. This a hit to the head and a clear violation of rule 48."

Shanahan also added that he believed Bourque's argument that his elbow was an "instinctive" reflex as opposed to an attempt to injure. He also added that it was "reckless" and "indefensible." Bourque's two-game suspension for hitting Seabrook, which occurred less than a month ago making him a repeat offender, as well as the fact that Backstrom removed himself from the game after his condition became worse. He's currently listed as being day-to-day.

In 38 games this season Bourque has scored 13 goals to go with three assists. He will miss games against Boston, Minnesota, New Jersey, Anaheim and Los Angeles. He will be eligible to return to the Flames lineup on Tuesday, Jan. 17 when the Flames travel to San Jose to take on the Sharks.

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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 5, 2012 10:26 am

Rene Bourque suspended 5 games

if backstrom goes down instantly and is diagnosed with a concussion than its a 10+game ban. but instead he plays a few shifts before leaving and may have a concussion so its a 5 game ban. what a joke-the intent was 100% to injure and this goon should have recieved 10+ games. At what point will it register to idiots like this, that you cant take cheapshots to peoples domes. In order to get this under control, the NHL really needs to make the punishment something that no one will want to get, like 25 games. Kind of similar to the automatic 50 game ban for steroids in baseball, it will stop alot (not everyone) but most people from taking roids. If the punishment is very harsh for hits to the head, then people whill think twice about doing it.

Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:46 pm

Rene Bourque suspended 5 games

Perception is the reality...if Backstrom is carried from the ice, he gets a major penalty, and more games off.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2012 9:16 pm

Rene Bourque suspended 5 games

I stand corrected.  I guess this time when Brendan Shanahan threw the chicken bones, it came back "5 games".  His rationale for the punishment is as confusing as ever.

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