As PHT anticipated, the NHL did decide to discipline J.F. Jacques for his hit on R.J. Umberger. (Initials on initials crime is wrong, man.) The league decided to give him a three-game ban for his actions, as you can see in this Brendan Shanahan video:
Shanahan & Co. have one more Anaheim Ducks player to rule on, as Francois “Don’t call me Frenchie” Beauchemin still needs a verdict regarding his questionable check.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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