Hawk pleads his case

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 12:09 PM ET

It isn't often a healthy scratch garners so much attention in a playoff series.

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Aaron Johnson hasn't suited up for a game in the first-round set against the Calgary Flames, but his phone was blowing up this week when a minor altercation in pre-game warmup resulted in a one-game suspension for Flames tough guy Andre Roy.

"I didn't think much of it until I started getting about 50 texts asking what I did to Roy," Johnson said yesterday after the morning skate.

"Back out east where I'm from in Nova Scotia, people were asking what I did to Roy to get him to fight me.

"Who knows what the rumours are?"

Few saw what took place.

Johnson didn't think it was a big deal.

Roy and Chicago's Patrick Sharp were engaged in some trash talk near centre ice when Johnson wandered over.

"I kind of saw him standing there, and he was talking to Sharpie. I just went over to kind of get in the middle of it," said Johnson, who Roy says crossed the redline before he pushed him.

"It was a cross-check. To be honest, I didn't even remember the whole situation -- and then I saw the suspension.

"I was kind of surprised like everyone else."

In a series that has seen its share of post-whistle scrums, heavy and sometimes questionable hits, and trash talk, it shouldn't come as a surprise that discipline was finally dished out by the league.

"They saw a lot of scrums and some things they didn't think needed to be going on during a game," Johnson said.

"I guess they must have been watching a little more closely than we thought."

STEVE.MACFARLANE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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