Adams pays for high stick

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

TAMPA -- Alex Steen didn't see it coming.

But he certainly felt it.

With his team leading 2-0 with less than four minutes remaining in regulation Tuesday, Steen was clunked by Craig Adams, an infraction that landed the Carolina Hurricanes forward a high-sticking minor.

But that was not the end of it.

League disciplinarian Colin Campbell yesterday suspended Adams for two games as a result of the incident, which took place at 16:05 of the third period during the 'Canes 3-2 overtime win.

Informed of the suspension when he came off the ice after yesterday's mid-afternoon practice at the St. Petes Times Forum, Steen was caught off-guard by the news.

"I haven't really seen a replay of (the incident) yet," Steen said. "I just know I shoved him out of the way, then I felt something hit me on the back of the head.

"It was from behind. He's normally not a guy known for doing something like that.

"I'm fortunate I didn't get hurt."

SUSPENDED TWO GAMES

Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Adams will forfeit $6,417.12, money that will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

The Leafs were not happy with the officiating of referees Dan O'Rourke and Dean Warren during the loss and probably wished Adams had received a five-minute major for his actions, a call that would have left the Hurricanes short-handed for the remainder of regulation.

"That (scenario) would have made it closer to even," coach Paul Maurice said, likely referring to the fact that his team was given two minor penalties in overtime.


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