It didn’t take Steve Downie long to find himself in the middle of a controversy.
If you missed it last night, the Colorado Avalanche forward delivered a powerful check to Roman Josi that knocked the Nashville Predators defenseman out of the game with an upper-body injury.
You can see that hit below:
Downie received two minutes for charging while Nashville’s Shea Weber ended up with a double minor for roughing.
“We’re trying to get all of that out of the game, launching yourself, especially the head shots,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said of Downie’s hit, according to NHL.com. “If you watch the film it’s pretty self-explanatory and the league will handle it correctly.
“There will be something to come out of it I think.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy thought the hit was clean and praised Downie for his leadership and composure.
The Avalanche don’t play again until Tuesday, so if the league decides to take any action, they won’t have to move swiftly.
Update: The NHL has reviewed the hit and has not scheduled a hearing, according to ESPN and TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.