Dean McAmmond was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to hospital after suffering a concussion following a dirty hit to the head 2:39 into the second period by Philly's Steve Downie.
Downie, who was drafted in the first round by the Flyers in the 2005, earned a reputation with the OHL's Peterborough Petes and Kitchener Rangers for being a hit-and-run artist.
Do you think Downie is a hit-and-run artist, or a gritty forward who always finishes his checks? Should he be suspended for the hit? Have your say in our forum.
Hey Downie, heads up
Domi on Neidermayer
Bertuzzi on Moore
All despicable acts.
All offenders were not dealt with harshly enough.
Does anyone really think that Downie will get any kind of substantive penalty?
This is the only professional league that can't even get the in-play calls right, never mind the off-ice business.
colin, 2007-09-26 22:02:39
patrick gagne, 2007-09-26 20:18:21
regulated and policed that it looks like Olympic ice dancing, I like a good hard fought game with tough checks and if a fight were to break out - so be it.
Steve Downey deserves to be suspended severely - and fined. There is no place in hockey for a play like that. The NHL should set an example with Downey,
warn regular players that they set an example with a player that was most likely a farm league player
for this year, and that the next incident will merit a 10% increase in suspension time and larger fine for NHL league roster players regardless of stature or experience.
Downey should be suspended 25 games for the hit at the NHL level and subjected to a suitable fine, reflecting his income level. There is no place in hockey for headhunters. If the NHL brass does not set a severe example, and inctrase punishment for following incidents for hits such as this; we just may witness murder while watching our beloved game.
Habsfan, 2007-09-26 20:14:00
Butch F., 2007-09-26 19:48:03
The hypocrisy in the comments of (mostly) Sens fans, and several players from across the league stinks to high heaven.
This is the game the NHL has become - punish your opponent as much as you physically can.
Until players like Todd Bertuzzi face justice for _almost killing someone_, the NHL is a joke league.
Someone, someday, during one of these incidents, or the "retaliation" for one of these incidents is going to be killed or maimed for life. It's almost happened already.
Enough hypocrisy already.
Forty games for crosschecking, slashing or elbowing someone in the head, for the first offense. A full season for a second offense. Banishment from the league for a third. Similar numbers for any hit deemed "intent to injure" (low-bridging, hitting from behind). Automatic suspensions for threatening retaliation. Until punishments are meted out in a drastically increased fashion, things will continue to spiral out of control.
Until then, quit whining. It's embarrassing.
Chris, 2007-09-26 19:04:59