Dallas forward Antoine Roussel has been suspended two games for cross-checking Boston’s Adam McQuaid on Tuesday night, the NHL announced.
“Roussel’s cross-check can neither be classified as reflexive nor defensive. The players square off and face each other well in advance of Roussel’s stick striking McQuaid, and Roussel can see that McQuaid has dropped his stick,” the NHL’s Department of Player Safety explained. “What’s more, rather than simply raising his stick to block an anticipated blow from McQuaid, Roussel drives it forward and into McQuaid.
“This action is proactive, not reactive.”
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As the video shows, Roussel’s history as a repeat offender played a role in this punishment. He was fined by the Department of Player Safety earlier this season for sucker-punching San Jose defenseman Justin Braun.
As a result of the suspension, Roussel will miss Dallas’ next two games — tonight versus Florida, Saturday in Colorado — and eligible to return for a Feb. 17 date in St. Louis against the Blues. He will also forfeit $21,505.38 in salary to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
There’s ‘a lot of negativity in the room’ as Bruins kick off five-game trip
With three regulation defeats in their last four, including last night’s 5-3 home loss to Dallas, “negativity” has crept back into the Boston Bruins’ mindset — just in time for a five-game road trip that starts Friday in Vancouver, before stops in Calgary, Edmonton, St. Louis and Chicago.
“You’re feeling so good, and everything is positive, and it kind of all goes the other way again… a lot of negativity in the room, I guess, this last weekend,” said d-man Dougie Hamilton, per CSN New England. “That’s what happens when you’re losing, and we have to find a way to change that obviously on this road trip.”
Not even two weeks ago, the B’s were ending the month of January on an 8-1-1 run. At the time, they had themselves a comfortable nine-point playoff cushion.
Today, that cushion has dwindled to just four points over the Florida Panthers, who also hold two games in hand.
“It is disappointing,” captain Zdeno Chara said after the Stars game, in which the B’s surrendered two short-handed goals and went 0-for-3 on the power play.
“We know that it was our last game for a while at home and now we have a long road trip.”