October 17, 2005
Dirty deeds by Havlat?Senator could pay for kick
By DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun
A kick to Hal Gill's groin could be strike three for Senators winger Martin Havlat.
Havlat admitted to the Sun he kicked the Bruins defenceman during a second-period scuffle Saturday. TSN sources said the NHL is investigating the incident and that a suspension is expected to be handed to Havlat, who was reprimanded by the league with two-game suspensions on two separate attacks in 2004.
"We can't comment on that," Frank Brown, the NHL's vice president of media relations said yesterday. "If there is something to be announced, it will be announced."
It's unlikely Havlat will get away unscathed, however, given the slick Czech's checkered past, the clear video evidence of the actions and the attention and criticism the incident received from Hockey Night in Canada conscience Don Cherry.
As he was being pushed into the back of the net by the much larger Bruin, he retaliated with a kick that, if it connected, didn't hurt Gill.
Senators tough guy Chris Neil rushed to the scene and earned 17 minutes in box time for fighting Gill, who was penalized seven minutes.
Havlat did not receive a penalty from either referee Stephane Auger or Don Van Massenhoven.
"Everybody saw that," Havlat told the Sun after the game, when asked if he had kicked Gill. "I was pushed on the net, I was falling down ... I didn't want to hurt the guy, but it was just an automatic reaction.
"He pushed me on the net, he had his hands in my face ... I was trying to get up. It was a reaction. I was falling down and he kept going at me. I didn't want to hurt anybody. Hopefully I didn't."
SCHAEFER REPORT: The Senators received some good news when x-rays on Peter Schaefer's right hand came back negative, showing the winger suffered only a bruise in the second period of Saturday against Boston. Schaefer, who had two assists before leaving the game, is expected to play Friday in Tampa.