Roy 'surprised' by banishment

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

CHICAGO -- Part of Andre Roy's pre-game incident was caught by TSN cameras.

The Calgary Flames tough guy was chatting with Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Aaron Johnson.

None of the words being mouthed were very friendly.

But few saw the shove that got Roy suspended for tonight's clash in Chicago, and the winger is crushed he was singled out for what he thought was a pretty minor skirmish.

"Seriously, I'm very surprised and very disappointed, also. Very, very disappointed that it had to come down to that," said Roy, who got away without a suspension earlier in the year when his throat-slashing gesture from the penalty box earned him a visit to Colin Campbell's Toronto office during the all-star break.

"There shouldn't have even been an issue about it, I think.

"Like most of the guys, everybody was so surprised when we found out that they gave me a game. Surprised and disappointed. I was just yapping on the redline with them, and I'm the one who gets penalized for it."

The NHL statement said Roy "initiated contact" with Johnson near centre ice.

Roy figures Johnson -- a healthy scratch for the Hawks that night after taking the warmup -- was in the wrong when he crossed the redline.

"He did run into me, and I know for a fact I was on my side," said Roy, whose nameplate in the visitors' room fell on his head before he spoke with reporters, giving you an indication of his recent luck.

"But I think my reputation doesn't help. I'm the one who gets penalized because of my reputation.

"I was on my side. He bumped me, I pushed him, and I got suspended.

"It's very disappointing, but there's nothing I can do about it. Just wait for whenever the next game is."

Roy played just 3:44 on Wednesday night in his second game of the series.

Still, the 34-year-old, who won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, wants to be part of the action.

"It's frustrating, for sure. I'm very disappointed it came down to that," he said. "I don't think it should have been an issue, but ... "

Until Roy's verdict came down Thursday, the two teams have gotten away with rough play and talk. Michael Cammalleri's swat to Martin Havlat's head. Adam Burish's cross-check that caught Rene Bourque up high.

"There's a lot of talk about this series, the trash talk and all that," said Roy. "They don't want it to get out of hand. They maybe want to calm it down by doing that."


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